Everard Read / CIRCA presented A Paradox of Our Times, an exhibition of new works by Ricky Dyaloyi at CIRCA Cape Town, from 20 September until 13th October 2018.
Ricky is one of the first and most long-standing participants of the Nando’s Artist Society, and also participates in the Creative Block and Nando’s Chicken Run programmes.
He has collaborated with Spier Arts Academy to translate work in the medium of mosaic. Ricky was invited by Nando’s UK to exhibit and sell his artwork at the 1:54 African Art Fair in London 2018 and his art is displayed in several Nando’s casas around the world.
His recent exhibition, A Paradox of our times, is a reflection of today’s world – “a world that generally preaches democracy by lip service without much consideration and understanding of the intricate diversities of the deference’s in terms of social groups such as rich and poor, among other factors” Ricky explains. “A world where materialism dictates the hearts and minds of men, wipes it out like bleach and eradicates their feelings for humanity, compassion, considerations and understanding. This wiping out is then replenished with diseases of the heart such as greed, corruption, nepotism and social injustices that exploit the interest and daily survival of the common good of society.”
Ricky’s style of painting reflects ordinary citizens going about their daily lives, rendered in heightened colours to reveal the effervescent quality of the community and people with which he lives. He pays special attention to the South African context and hopes to highlight “the black people’s level of existence.” And with an uncanny determination, he aims to unravel the simple mysteries of the human condition through his medium of choice – oil paint.