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Feiyue SHAPES – Interview with Sindiso Nyoni

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The Feiyue SHAPES campaign is in it’s 3rd week and this week’s artist is Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT. He follows Gerhard van Wyk who created the first window display of the campaign and Ben Rausch who created last week’s window installation. We did a Q&A to get to know Sindiso Nyoni a little better:


Between 10and5: When did you first know you wanted to be an illustrator?

Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT: I think from the time I was able to hold a wax crayon! I remember, instead of playing outside like the other kids, my little bro and I preferred drawing the X-Men, Batman, Voltron and pretty much most of the cartoons we used to watch on the tele.


10and5: Did you study Art or Design to develop your skills?

R!OT: I studied Graphic Design at the University of Johannesburg.


10and5: Would you say you’re the kind of illustrator who is drawing all the time or do you wait for inspiration to strike?

R!OT: It’s hard to say. I never know if I just draw for the sake of drawing or if I’m just constantly inspired. We live in a world where everything is influenced by art, and art is influenced by everything.


10and5: What’s your favourite subject matter to tackle?

R!OT: This varies with my sources of influence. At the moment I am interested in primates, particularly apes. For me I believe they have a unique character which when applied to an artwork could add a new dimension of meaning to that particular work.


10and5: And your preferred medium?

R!OT: My set of fine-liner pens and ink!


10and5: What are the advantages to working as an illustrator in South Africa?

R!OT: I would definitely say the eclectic nature of the country. There is so much diversity be it culturally or artistically, which means you are never without an interesting subject matter to make visual commentary on.


10and5: Fellow artist/designer/illustrators who you admire?

R!OT: There’s quite a list as I’m influenced a lot by past and present artists from all over the globe, but I’m a big fan of the late Dumile Feni and Thami Mnyele, Dr Alderete from Argentina, the work of Emory Douglas as well as fellow Zimbabwean Graphic activist Chaz Maviyane-Davies.


10and5: The theme for the Feiyue + Mooks window displays is ‘Shapes’, what does this bring to mind?

R!OT: As broad as the brief is I guess what immediately comes to mind for me is colour and bold eccentric line work that forms shapes.


10and5: If you were a shapeshifter, what would you turn yourself into?

R!OT: ‘The Invisible Man’


10and5: Without giving too much away, how are you planning on interpreting the theme?

R!OT: With the use of bold graphic line work.


10and5: What do you enjoy most about the creative process?

R!OT: For me the preparation process is the most rewarding. The process of developing and planning something from the pencil and paper phase, and morphing it into a finished artwork is a pretty fresh accomplishment.


10and5: What would your dream brief be?

R!OT: To create and develop visual art for a Spike Lee joint. Film is another passion of mine.


Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT


See R!OT create his Feiyue SHAPES window display at the Mooks store in Rosebank, Joburg tomorrow from 1pm-5pm.


Feiyue are also running a SHAPES competition where you can win Feiyue Hamper, more info here!



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