Manfred Zylla

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Artist and critic of political injustices.

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Augsburg, Germany

“I use art as a tool to confront reality. I use art as a tool to get to know the world in which I live. And I use art as a tool to experience my own reality within the world in which I live.”

Manfred Zylla, was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1939, and arrived in South Africa in 1970. A series of woodcuts about the 1976 Soweto uprising, and the creation of large-scale drawings, prints and paintings in the unstable 1980’s gave him a name as an artist highly critical of apartheid.

• "Work on Paper from 1961 ”“ 2005’ by Manfred Zylla”. Available at: [link no longer working]
•  “Manfred Zylla” by Bernhard Walter. Available at: [Accessed 17 April 2009]

Last updated : 06-Nov-2016

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