Sylvester Zanoxolo Mqeku

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Mqeku was born in Mount Fletcher, a small town in the Eastern Cape, along the Drakensburg bordering Kwazulu Natal; later moving to Umtata, where he matriculated from Zingisa High School.

Sylvester Mqeku began his Tertiary education in 2006 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, completing a Foundation Certificate in Art and moving on to study Architectural Technology the following year. After two years of practical work as a Draughtsman in two architectural firms, Mqeku decided to return to art.

Enrolling once again in 2009, he completed a year in Art and Design Introductory studies which comprised of Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramic Design, Drawing and Art Theory at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University School of Music, Art and Design in Port Elizabeth.

In 2013 after graduating with a Diploma in Ceramic Design, Mqeku moved to Bloemfontein and volunteered at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum as well as starting an internship with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).

The following year, Mqeku was permanently appointed as Docent at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum and in 2016 he enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology, completing a B-Tech in Fine Art. Currently, Mqeku is practicing as a professional artist, showing work around Pretoria, Johannesburg and recently at the Nirox Sculpture Park.

Mqeku is currently enrolled at Central University of Bloemfontein for a Masters in Design and Studio Art.