Tikhonova & Wintner Fine Art is a "curatorial salon" that debuted Oct. 2013 as part of the Harlem Art Walking Tour. Hosts are independent curator Yulia Tikhonova (graduate of Bard Center for Curatorial Studies) and her husband Jim Wintner, artist book publisher, arts fundraiser, curator, and former proprietor of PhotoGraphic Gallery in the Historic Seaport District.
We have been presenting a series of private exhibits that reflect the interests and spirit of our beautiful new Harlem home, adjacent to Marcus Garvey Park.
In addition to ongoing exhibits, we present performances, musical evenings and artist talks.
Visit our website to learn about recent and current events: http://tikhonovawintner.com
On Saturday September 27th @ 4PM, we will host an Artist's Talk with Vumelani Sibeko from South Africa for his exhibit: The Journey is the Destination. Vumelani's paintings are created in the rich tradition of re-purposed materials, which he uses to build up his relief cityscapes. Images are on view on our website. Vumelani's talk will be followed by a performance by Nkoceey Ntuli, also from South Africa.
Refreshments will be served.
About the artist
Vumelani Sibeko was born in Emndeni , Soweto in 1975, until February 2010, he used the Buthelezi surname his father adopted from a family he boarded with after escaping life as a farm laborer in search of a better life in Johannesburg,
Sibeko studied art at the Vaal Triangle Technikon (Vaal University of Technology) between 1997 and 1999. Soon after his tertiary education, he briefly left the art scene in order to find work and support his family. He resurfaced as a first time exhibitor in 2005, when he began his relationship with the Mofolo Arts Centre in in Soweto. He has since exhibited in numerous other group exhibitions alongside Kenny Nkosi, Peter Tobias, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Dominique Shabangu and Senzo Shabangu.
At an early age, Sibeko recalls his mother support for his drawings on white paper - until he began drawing on his school clothes! He made a business with his art at an early age, making drawings for fellow classmates in his biology class. His early influences include Gerald Sekoto and George Pemba “These were the first Black artists I knew of,” says Sibeko.
Two years after finishing Metric, he went to the then called Vaal Triangle to study Fine Arts (1997). At the Technikon he became exposed to racial differences. He says that was more of a political experience than anything else. You were constantly reminded that you were black”
Sibeko believes that he has a duty as an artist to educate through his artwork. He has been involved in a number of community projects to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and women’s abuse. His activism against woman abuse spills into his work, forming part of his subject matter. He is known as an artist concerned with domestic abuse and as an HIV/AIDS activist. He continually works with children from the Palm Springs community to paint walls around their neighborhood. He often gets assistance from students from Funda Centre in Soweto.
Sibeko is based in Johannesburg. The Drill Hall
Was born and raised in Durban South Africa. Nkoceey is currently a member of a group called Thokoza, led by Thuli Dumakude . She has also worked with the famous South African guitar player Johnthan Butler, performing with Thokoza in New York. She has also represented her country at the South African Embassy in Washington DC. She has also performed with Ntombikhona Dlamini who was in Lion King and Sarafina. Nkoceey will also be working with Bongi Duma, a cast member of the Lion King . Nkoceey has also worked with Sduduzo Ka-Mbili on his Juxtapower production, Got Zulu! You can see her on the accompanying video with Kheswa at the 3min point. And you see a small clip of her praise song to Vumelani here: http://youtu.be/hATniUwTDOs