Many questions and issues surrounding the representation of black identity, specifically in fashion magazines, interest Cedrick Kwata. According to him, â€˜magazines present the viewer with masked faces who are often extremely made overâ€? This focus, coupled with inspiration form collage work by artist Wangechi Mutu, fuels his ongoing series of paintings titled Black Mask Makeover.
Moreover, Kwata is concerned with the political injustice that the South Africa people face, as a result of the current corrupt conduct of government officials. Being a young South African, he admits to be afraid to think about the future of SA and admits that it makes it difficult for him to â€˜dreamâ€? He feels strongly that no oppression should be tolerated.
Cedrick Kwata was born in 1989 in Bochum(ga-kibi), Limpopo, and matriculated from Mabea high school in 2007. Although his childhood dream was to become a doctor, in late 2010 he became attuned to his interest in fine art and shortly thereafter enrolled at the Department of Fine Arts of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) where, in 2015, he completed his B-tech Fine Art degree. He is drawn to both the practice of painting and sculpture, especially the application of materials clay, wool and stone. Participating actively in exhibitions, Kwata has been included in the national art competitions: ABSA Lâ€™Atelier top 100, PPC YCSA and Sasol New Signatures 2015 and 2016.