Khaya Sineyile’s subject matter ranges from township scenes to more introspective themes referencing childhood games and observations on religious hypocrisy, faction-fighting and witchcraft. Most recently he turned his attention to the effects of social inequality, specifically relating to the South African family structure. His confident brush marks and considered palette convey a rawness which he contrasts with cartoon-like outlines - a device which removes the figures from their ground and introduces elements of playfulness, wit and humour to the often-loaded subject matter.   


Sineyile is a mostly self-taught artist from Nyanga, Cape Town.  From an early age, he has had a love for drawing and painting and trained at the Arts and Media Access Centre (AMAC) (2005). In 2009 he was selected as a resident artist at Greatmore Studios and later that year at the Souq Waqif Art Center in Doha, Qatar. Sineyile has participated in several solo exhibitions and more than 30 group exhibitions, locally and abroad. Artworks of his are included in private collections overseas and the corporate collections of Spier, Nando’s UK, Truworths, Groote Schuur Hospital and Hollard. 


1983 -

Nationality: South African

Residence: Cape Town, South Africa