In his engaging portrait, Khaya Sineyile captured a fashionable young woman with a sophisticated expression and confident pose. Without a smile or obvious emotion, what she faces soon becomes evident, reflected in her sunglasses. Employment opportunities cause people to move away from their rural homes to the cities, causing a continual straddling of two worlds; their place of origin and their current employment.
Sineyile’s style of painting uses limited amounts of acrylic paint on dry brushes to flatly mould his subjects in bold colours with arresting gazes. He further stylises the portrait by using a stenciled decorative background, lending to them an urban, pop art expression. His large canvases with naive painterly style could be misleading, because supporting all Sineyile’s work is a thought provoking socio-economic narrative.