Live Auction, 7 October 2019

Sold for

R 142 250
Lot 633
Lucky Sibiya; Abstract Figures

Lot Estimate
R 80 000 - 100 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 142 250

About this Item

South African 1942-1999
Abstract Figures
circa 1960
carved, incised and painted wood panel
91 by 106,5cm excluding frame


At a young age Sibiya met Bill Ainslie, who in turn introduced him to Cecil Skotnes. Skotnes accepted Sibiya as a private pupil, and it was Skotnes who introduced him to the incised and painted wood panel as medium1. EJ de Jager writes: “In these panels Sibiya has technically mastered his medium very successfully. The panels are cut in shallow relief and embellished with paint, and are presented as finished objects themselves.”2

  1. Johans Borman (ed.) (2016) Masterpiece, Cape Town: Johans Borman Fine Art. Page 54.
  2. EJ de Jager (1992) Images of Man: Contemporary South African Black Art and Artists, Alice: Fort Harare University Press. Pages 156-158.

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