Kumalo, Sydney

Sydney Alex Kumalo was born on 13 April 1935 in Johannesburg, and educated at Madibane High School, in Diepkloof, Soweto. Kumalo enrolled at Polly Street Art Centre in 1953, and became a member of Cecil Skotnes’ group of serious artists who were encouraged to acquire professional skills. Skotnes introduced a basic training programme with modelling as a component, which marked the introduction of sculpting (in brick-clay) at Polly Street. Full biography