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Wakaba Mutheki`s art exhibition opens

02/16/2006 09:44:10

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Wakaba Mutheki`s art exhibition opens

Kizo Gallery


Shayne Hunt (Hunt PR), Louise Hunt (Hunt PR), Craig Mark (co-owner, Kizo Art Gallery), Durban Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo, Natalie Bradfield (co-owner, Kizo Art Gallery) and Wakaba Mutheki



Monday night saw the launch of Anthony Wakaba Mutheki`s exhibition, "Into The Light", at the stunning Kizo Art Gallery located at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga.

Durban Deputy Mayor, Councillor Logie Naidoo opened the exhibition and was the guest speaker. The exhibition, which runs until the 1st of March, is Mutheki`s first solo showing in the country.

Boasting sell-out shows in New York and Philadelphia, Mutheki, who despite having no formal art training, has taken the local and international art world by storm. Councillor Logie Naidoo raved about Mutheki`s work. "He is a genius of an artist. I have seen his work over the years, and since he has achieved so much without any formal art training, Mutheki needs an accolade," he said.

The glamour of the exhibition was a far cry from Mutheki`s former life: as little as 12 years ago, he was living in a shelter in Johannesburg and was selling coke bottles to survive. Mutheki`s journey is a true success story of perseverance and determination as he developed his contemporary African style and garnered a strong international following.

Craig Mark, co-owner of Kizo Art Gallery, expressed his gratitude to the people of Durban for their wonderful support of the arts and their interest in Mutheki`s work. "We are honoured to host Mutheki, who is now one of the top-selling artists in the country. He has really pulled out the big guns for this exhibition which is really exciting."

Mark also revealed that Mutheki had been invited to exhibit at one of Europe`s top art shows in Germany for a four month period.

Fantastic entertainment was provided by Peter Enslin and his band, whose languid jazzy stylings added a touch of the cosmopolitan to the event.

Ever the humble artist, Mutheki mingled with all the guests, who were impressed with his down-to-earth and natural personality. Mutheki was very approachable and grateful for all his success to date.

For further information and editorial contact: Louise Hunt on 031 568 1700 / 083 708 6078 or hunt_pr@telkomsa.net. For additional information on Mutheki or the Kizo gallery, contact either Craig Mark on 031 566 4322 / 083 777 6644 or craig@themarkgalleries.com, or Natalie Bradfield on 031 566 4322 / 082 466 6506 or Natalie@kizo.co.za.

About Kizo Art Gallery

Fast becoming KwaZulu-Natal`s premier art gallery, Kizo was launched at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on 12 December 2005. The phenomenal 700 sq metre gallery is the largest private investment into the development of the arts in KwaZulu Natal.

Kizo, which when translated means abundance, is truly living up to its name. The gallery will house original artworks from some of South Africa`s most prestigious artists. The vision of Kizo is to provide local talents with a superb platform from which to showcase their work to both a local and international clientele. The gallery owners, Craig Mark, of The Mark Galleries, and Natalie Bradfield, envision the gallery as playing an integral role in the development of arts and culture in the KZN province and they have received great support from the Minister of Arts and Culture as well as the Durban Mayors office.

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Joanne Pohl
PR Company: Hunt PR
Telephone Number: 031 568 1700
Cellphone Number: 072 151 2168
Client`s name: Kizo Art Gallery



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