Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Andile’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks are a metaphorical vessel through which he seeks to honour his cultural traditions and share his journey of healing.
Born in 1978 in the small village of Ngobozana, near Qobo-Qobo in the rural Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Andile grew up farming and looking after his father’s cattle herd – sewing a deep connection to the land and his Xhosa culture that resonates powerfully through his work today. His medium of clay or “umhlaba” (mother earth) is, at its most fundamental, a life-affirming connection to the soil. But by providing a medium for storytelling, it is also an essential energetic link to his past, present and future.
Dyalvane completed a National Diploma in Art and Design at Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu, Cape Town, followed by a National Diploma in Ceramic Design from Port Elizabeth Technikon in 2003. In 2005, together with fellow PE Tech graduate Zizipho Poswa, he co-founded Imiso Ceramics, whose handmade tableware and vessels have earned the studio an international following.
His most ambitious body of work to date, Idladla (grain silo), was exhibited at Southern Guild in 2017. The collection pivots around the central role that maize cultivation plays in rural African life: no homestead is considered complete without a structure to store grain. The cyclical, life-sustaining practices of land cultivation are an embodiment of collective effort and restorative spirituality.
Dyalvane has presented his ceramics in exhibitions at galleries, fairs and museums all over the world. His work was included in Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, which premiered at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rheim, Germany, in 2014 before travelling to other major international museums, and in Graphic Africa at Habitat’s Platform Gallery during the 2013 London Design Festival. He is represented in New York by Friedman Benda, whose 2016 solo exhibition of his work, titled Camagu, was met with critical acclaim. His work has been shown at The Salon Art + Design and NY Now, Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, Design Days Dubai, Art Santa Fe International Art Fair, and AKAA Art Fair.
A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Dyalvane has earned residencies around the world, most recently at Leach Pottery in St. Ives, UK, and shares his knowledge through master classes and workshops in South Africa and internationally. He has been included in museum shows at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) and the Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG) in Cape Town, and has work in the collections of the Yingge Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Iziko SANG, NMMU Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, and the Corobrik Ceramics Collection.
Dyalvane is the recipient of the 2015 Design Foundation Icon Award and was the Feature Designer of the Year at 100% Design South Africa in 2018, where he presented his Iindonga Bowl collection. He was included in Artsy’s Top 10 Contemporary Artists Working with Ceramics, and was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian newspaper in 2011 and the VISI magazine Artist of the Year in 2009.
2003 Graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, National Diploma in Ceramic Design
1999 Graduated from Sivuyile Technical College, National Diploma in Art and Design
Imiso Ceramics – South Africa 2005- to date
Southern Guild- South Africa 2007 – to date
Friedman Benda – New York, USA – 2016 – to date
Recent Milestone Exhibitions:
“Our Cultures in Constant Collaboration” Andile Dyalvane at Leach, Southern Guild Gallery Exhibition
Design Miami, Miami, Southern Guild Gallery
‘Communion’Southern Guild Gallery
PAD London, Southern Guild Gallery
‘Our Cultures in constant Collaboration’ Leach Pottery, St.Ives, Cornwall, UK
‘iiNdonga Collect’ at GIF Gallery and Investec Ceramic Festival, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
‘Feature Designer of the Year’ 100% Design South Africa – Presented ‘iindonga Collection’
‘Idladla’ Solo Exhibition, Southern Guild, Cape Town
‘Camagu’ Solo Exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, NY
‘Making Africa- A Continent of Contemporary Design’ Traveling Exhibition, Vitra House Museum, Germany
Terra Nova – New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum Biennale
Projects + Workshops:
– Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Guest Faculty Member hosting ceramic workshops, Maine, USA 2019
– ‘Clay Adventures with Andile Dyalvane’ Master Class Touring Series 2018-2019
- Clay Gulgong, Clay Festival, Master Demonstrator & Lecture, Gulgong, Australia 2018
- G2P (Chile) Collaborative Project facilitated by Design Indaba 2017
– Imbadu Collective – Co-Founder & Art Director 2016
Museum and Public Collections:
Iziko National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum – Yingge District, Taiwan
Leach Pottery Residency, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
Palo Alto, Art Centre, California, USA
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum & Biennale Exhibition, Taiwan
Artists In Residency (A.I.R Vallauris), Vallauris, France
International Ceramic Research Centre, Guldagerdaard, Denmark
Accolades & Memberships:
– Craft Icon – Craft & Design Institute (CDI), South Africa
– Design Icon- Design Foundation, Guild Group, South Africa
– Member of Ceramic South Africa (CSA)
– Member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC)
– Board Member Cape Craft Design Institute, SA