Serving Msunduzi through the Visual Arts
Chickenman Mkhize on Edendale Excels - 7 February to 22 June 2008
Chickenman Mkhize was an eccentric artist and performer in the centre of Pietermaritzburg. He used found materials to create road signs, puppets and animals on wheels. Chickenman made his art to support his family in Willowfountain, Edendale. In the process of scrounging from waste materials, he was recycling old and discarded objects, giving them new meaning and life.
Timeline - Fanozi Johannes (Chickenman) Mkhize (8 November 1959 - 18 March 1995)
- 1959: Born in Endaleni, Richmond, to Khalelani and Fundumuthi Mkhize
- 1970s: Worked for Clover Dairies in Pietermaritzburg.
- 1980s: Medical boarding from Clover Dairies because of epileptic fits.
- Mid-1980s: Started to work outside the Tatham Art Gallery. Encouraged by Lorna Ferguson, Director of the Tatham Art Gallery.
- 1985: Exhibition - Standard Bank National Festival of Arts, Grahams town
- 1986: Tatham Art Gallery: Transitional Art Exhibition
- 1989: Exhibition - The Neglected Tradition: towards a new South African Art, Johannesburg
- 1990: Exhibition - Art from South Africa: Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England.
- 1992: Exhibition - The Natal Route Exhibition with Roger Palmer, Ferguson Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
Two-man exhibition with Roger Palmer, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town
- 1994: T-shirt design agreement with Scotch Macaskill for a 500 edition of printed T-shirts.
'Un message á Chickenman' (message to Chickenman) exhibition with Roger Palmer, Contemporary Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
- 1995: Special Mango Works: 12 Contemporary South African Artists, curated by Roger Palmer.
Johannesburg Biennale 'Taking Liberties' exhibition. 'BUTISI TART' logo for the Johannesburg Biennale; agreement to use it as a logo.
'Works from South Africa', a portfolio of work by Chickenman, compiled by Roger Palmer
Died in his home at Willowfountain and was buried in the Azalea cemetery
- 1996: Memorial Exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery and auction at Cannon and Cannon auctioneers.
- Durban Art Gallery
- Ferguson Fine Art Gallery
- Goodman Art Gallery
- Johannesburg Art Gallery
- Lizard Art Gallery
- Museum of Modern Art (NY)
- Private collectors
- Tatham Art Gallery