Cities of the World: Titus Matiyane

Cities of the World -exhibition and book- shows the work of South African artist Titus Matiyane. Born in 1964, Matiyane is a sculptor, artist and musician who lives and works in Atteridgeville, a township near Pretoria, South Africa. He is one of many artists whose relationship to township life and the expanding urbanism of the modernist capitals of South Africa produced a particular fascination with both the growth and the transformation of these urban environments.

Matiyane makes drawings of cities and landscapes, and creates huge panorama drawings of cities and landscapes from a bird’s-eye view. The large-size panoramic landscape drawings are emblematic of his obsession with the built environment and modern cities. The wide format of his ’bird’s eye’ panoramas (6, 12, 24, 46 x 1.5 m) is intended to mesmerize and compel the viewer towards Matiyane’s personal sense of technical and visionary skill.

These colourful drawings overwhelm the viewers and take them on an extended journey through an urban landscape. The panoramas, which he has been making since 1990, give the impression that the artist has observed the cities from the air, while in fact he only flew for the first time in 1998.

An exhibition took place during 2007 and 2008 in many European cities. If missed it, you can always enjoy the book!

Edited by Annemieke de Kler.
Highly recommended.
Website of the editor: (under contruction)

2 thoughts on “Cities of the World: Titus Matiyane

  1. Good post

    I have never hear of Titus Matiyane but I’ve taken a closer look at the book and my after purchase meself a copy. Look amazing some of the drawings Titus has creatted and I like the idea of creating city maps from visulisation and observation. Guess that’s how the old wordl created land and sea maps before photographs.


  2. Hey Bobby, where did you find the book Cities of the world? And where are you living? The book is about recent work of Matiyane and it does not come form the so called old world. I am representing Titus Matiyane, who is living in Atteridgeville, (township near Pretoria, South Africa) and when possible I organise his exhibitions in Europe or on the African continent, as Matiyane is on the internet.

    My website is under contruction.

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