Monday, August 23, 2010

(Social) Realism: Mozambique Art

Isaac Sithole (1974)

Isaac was born in Maputo, Mozambique in 1974 in a family with no artistic background, but this did not discourage Isaac from following his dream of becoming an artist. At the age of 12, he started learning the art of woodcarving through other wood carvers in his area. Later he moved to South Africa with a friend. Slowly developing his talent, he worked as a professional woodcarver producing sculpture. He also discovered woodcut printing, a medium that he excels in.

He is currently working with colour reduction woodcut techniques. This involves cutting away at the woodblock each time the colour is printed. He makes small editions and uses glowing colour combinations to depict the message and mood of the print. Isaac is inspired by daily and cultural events in the lives of the village people. He is sensitive to cultural and historical events. He also depicts animals and birds in highly decorative settings, of plants and the landscape.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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