Khwezi Strydom, a painter, whose work is a mix of modernity and traditional ethnic cultures. Influenced by his Tunisian mother and South African father, Khwezi’s art reflects his diverse heritage and his exploration of the coexistence between globalized culture and traditional values.
Born into a family of artists, Khwezi was exposed to painting from a young age. His mother, a painter herself, nurtured his passion and encouraged him to explore his artistic identity. As a teenager, he discovered street art and began expressing himself through graffiti, leaving his mark on the streets of his hometown.
Although he pursued a degree in glass blowing, his innate need to create led him back to painting, where he found his true calling. He draws inspiration from his travels to the United States and South Africa, as well as the cultures he has inherited.
Through his paintings, he poses questions about the possibility of harmonious cohabitation between globalized culture and the rich traditions of different territories, ethnic groups, and families. This exploration is evident in his dynamic, colourful, and enthusiastic pieces, which exude hope, optimism, and a sense of unity.
Khwezi’s style incorporates a range of techniques, both modern and traditional. He blends engraving and aerosol painting, creating a visual language that captures the essence of his cultural fusion. Tribal and ancestral motifs and symbols play a significant role in his work, adding depth and layers of meaning.
By intertwining these symbols with contemporary elements, Strydom creates a bridge between the past and the present, inviting viewers to contemplate the interconnectedness of cultures.