Sokhaya Charles Nkosi was born on 27 January 1949 in Durban.From 1974 to 1976 Nkosi studied painting, graphics, sculpture, weaving and ceramics at Rorke's Drift. From 1977 to 1980 he worked full-time at his art at Mariannhill. From 1980 to 1981, he taught art at the Open School, Durban. Between 1982 and 1986 he was employed as a graphic artist by the SABC. Since 1986 he has been a senior tutor at the AIA, FUNDA, teaching drawing and painting to diploma students.


1974: Sweden (Rorke's Drift, organised by Otto Lundbohm).

1975: DAM (Art SA Today).

Durban (Black Expo, organised by Don Joseph, an art teacher in Chatsworth).

1977: NSA, Durban (three-person exhibition with Duke Ketye and Michael Ntuli).

1979: UN, Pietermaritzburg (part of centenary celebrations group).

1974-80: UFH (annual group exhibition).

1977-84: UZ (annual group exhibition).

1980: Mariannhill Art Gallery (two-person exhibition with Bongani Shange).

1979-80: NSA””tour (group).

Durban (Black Expo).

1981: Gaborone, Botswana (Culture and Resistance Conference).

1982: Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa) (group).

National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana

(Art Toward Social Development An Exhibition of SA Art).

1984: U2 (group).

(987: Shell Gallery ('Explorations' joint exhibition with Vincent

Baloyi and AIA students).

TAG (Rorke's Drift Fine Art School in Retrospect).

1988: JAG (Vita Art Now).


1978: Three life-size murals at the Glebe Tavern, Durban (Durban Municipality).


1984: UZ Art Exhibition (second prize for painting).


KC; Munich Museum of African Art, West Germany; UFH; UZ.


Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery.

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