Lucas Ted Sithole

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Lucas Sithole

Biographical information

Synopsis:

South African sculptor hailed by some critics as Africa’s major Black sculptor

First name: 
Lucas
Last name: 
Sithole
Date of birth: 
15 November 1931
Location of birth: 
KwaThema, Springs, Transvaal (now Gauteng), South Africa
Date of death: 
8 May 1995

Lucas Sithole was born and grew up in KwaThema, Springs, Transvaal (now Gauteng). He was one of ten sons of a Zulu lay priest in the Zion Christian Church, Richard Ndlala Sithole, and a Swazi mother whose name could not be ascertained. His given Zulu name was Ncane meaning “small”. He disliked that name and called himself Ted or Teddy, a name reflected in the signature of one of his very early works. Later he was also known as Lucas Thandokwazi Sithole. From the age of six he lived with his Swazi grandmother, Tsayi Numvumi, who was of royal blood and was a famous potter.


References:
• Haenggi, F.F. (1979). Lucas Sithole: a pictorial review of Africa’s major Black sculptor, Johannesburg: Gallery 21
• Martin, M. (1993). “Lucas Sithole”. Our art 4 = Ons kuns 4, Pretoria: Foundation for Education, Science and technology, pp. 178-185.
• Rankin, E. (1989). Images of Wood: aspects of the history of sculpture in 20th-century South Africa, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery, p. 165.
• http://www.sithole.com/default.htm
• Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Lucas_Sithole

Last updated : 18-Nov-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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