Ricky Dyaloyi was born in Gugulethu, Cape Town on 8 August 1974. From a young age he felt inspired to draw and sketch the vibrant community and life that surrounded him in the township. His creativity and love for the arts was encouraged and nurtured by his parents during his adolescent years and by 1988, at age fourteen, he was attending part time art classes at C.A.P. (Community Arts Project). From this training he was propelled to participate in workshops and exhibitions.

Dyaloyi’s imagery and thematic evolved around the time of South Africa’s first democratic elections – an exciting time in South Africa’s history where there was an influx of discourse and exchange between all South African artists in the country. His oeuvre therefore fits into a broader genre of South African painting, which has its roots in the Thupelo programme, which started in the 1980s in Johannesburg, South Africa and later was brought down to Cape Town in the 1990s. A workshop that encouraged artistic growth by exchanging ideas, experiences, techniques and disciplines within a shared space or studio.

Dyaloyi’s style of painting reflects ordinary citizens going about their daily lives, rendered in heightened colours to reveal the effervescent quality of the community and people with which he lives. The artist pays special attention to the South African context and hopes to highlight “… the black people’s level of existence.” And with an uncanny determination, Dyaloyi aims to unravel the simple mysteries of the human condition through his medium of choice oil paint.

His recent 2015 exhibition Shaman Of The Everyday at Everard Read, Cape Town continued this pertinent exploration into human existence and relationships, but delved further focusing on interior spaces, whilst exploring personal and shared environments. Included in this year’s 1:54 African Art Fair in London, Dyaloyi will feature at the CIRCA Johannesburg booth. In 2016 at Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read will focus on his most recently works, whilst also launching Dyaloyi’s monograph at the event. 2016/2017 Dyaloyi will be partaking in the groups exhibitions at CIRCA London.