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Andile Dyalvane

uMbandavu (Beans, Sorghum Dish), 2021

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This smaller ceramic work is made in continuation of Andile Dyalvane’s Idlala (Grain Silo) series . The ‘silo’ in this instance, is the holder of heritage and culture as Dyalvane attempts to preserve the Xhosa term, ’Idladla’, and language itself. The title of this work is based on a dish that, in contemporaneity, we no longer have access to. Dyalvane’s upbringing as a farmer and someone who would cultivate the land, celebrating the Spring/Autumn harvest and change of seasons, has inspired his focus as an artist. He explores the transition in time, through food, language, ceremonies, dances and sounds. The Idladla series pays homage to these traditions and acts as a reminder to document and preserve the rightful meanings of words in the isiXhosa language, in order for future generations to understand the cultural significance of their backgrounds.

Andile Dyalvane


Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Dyalvane’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks are a metaphorical vessel through which he seeks to honour his cultural traditions and share his journey of healing.

Born in 1978 in the small village of Ngobozana in the rural Eastern Cape of South Africa, Dyalvane grew up farming and looking after his father’s cattle herd – sewing a deep connection to the land that resonates powerfully through his work today. He has held solo exhibitions at Southern Guild in Cape Town and Friedman Benda in New York – the most recent of which was the critically acclaimed iThongo (Ancestral Dreamscape) in 2020 and 2021 – and has exhibited widely, lectured, and held artist residencies all over the world.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Vitra Design Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum and Iziko South African National Gallery. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, he completed a National Diploma in Ceramic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2003 and co-founded Imiso Ceramics with Zizipho Poswa in 2005. Southern Guild has shown his work at international fairs such as Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, The Salon Art + Design, NY Now, and Design Days Dubai.

  • Color/

    Black, Yellow

  • Edition/


  • Material/

    Terra Cotta

  • Dimension/

    20.0 x 32.0 x 21.0 cm (7.9 x 12.6 x 8.3 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary, Contemporary Ceramics

  • Heritage/

    South Africa

  • Ships from/

    South Africa

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