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Lucky Sibiya grew up in South Africa under apartheid, relocating several times due to its policies of segregation. In the 1960s Sibiya joined the Polly Street Art Centre in Johannesburg, working with printmaker Cecil Skotnes. This print is from the 'Umabatha' series, a series illustrating the story of the play by the same name by South African playwright Welcome Msomi. Umabatha retells epic nineteenth century Zulu history using the story of Shakespeare’s 'Macbeth'. First performed in 1970, it travelled to London in 1972. Sibiya made his woodcut prints in 1975. They were exhibited in London in 1976. Here, Sibiya's skills as a printmaker are clear in his complex style of intersecting forms. He incorporates traditional Zulu imagery drawn from his childhood memories of objects used by his father, a traditional healer or Sangoma.
Sibiya exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. Today, his work is included in many major collections of South African art.
H 56 x W 41 cm