Andile Dyalvane

Andile Dyalvane is one of South Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Andile’s complex, large-scale ceramic artworks are a metaphorical vessel through which he seeks to honour his cultural traditions and share his journey of healing.

Born in the small village of Ngobozana, near Qobo-Qobo in the rural Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Andile grew up farming and looking after his father’s cattle herd – sewing a deep connection to the land and his Xhosa culture that resonates powerfully through his work today. His medium of clay or “umhlaba” (mother earth) is, at its most fundamental, a life-affirming connection to the soil. But by providing a medium for storytelling, it is also an essential energetic link to his past, present and future.

Andile completed a National Diploma in Art and Design at Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu, Cape Town, followed by a National Diploma in Ceramic Design from Port Elizabeth Technikon in 2003. In 2005, together with fellow NMMU graduate Zizipho Poswa, he co-founded Imiso Ceramics, whose handmade tableware and vessels have earned the studio an international following.

Andile's work is highly collected by international institutions and private holdings including the Vitra Design Museum, Yingge Ceramic Museum and Iziko South African National Gallery. Southern Guild has shown his work at international fairs such as Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel, The Salon Art + Design, NY Now, and Design Days Dubai. His most recent solo exhibition iThongo was exhibited at Southern Guild in Cape Town and at Friedman Benda in New York.


Ngobozana, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Lives & Works

Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibited at

John Curtin Gallery for IOTA21

Acknowledgements & Funders

Andile Dylavane is represented by Southern Guild, Cape Town.

The installation at John Curtin Gallery is a collaboration with Zizipho Poswa and Cape Town based sound artist Nkosenathi Koela and WA weaver Fiona Gavino, supported by the JCG installation team.

Fiona's participation and contribution is supported by the WA Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.