Isaac was born and raised in Mozambique and started learning traditional woodcarving at the age of 12. When he was 16 years he moved to South Africa with his older sister where he established a link with an art workshop and later the Bat Centre Trust. Slowly developing his natural talent, he worked as a professional woodcarver producing sculptures. In later years he discovered his other creative side through woodcut printing. His woodcut prints have been exhibited in art galleries throughout South Africa and in solo exhibitions in Mozambique and Australia. Isaac passed away at the age of 38 in 2012.
"I am inspired by the beauty in the ordinary . . . to transform the spirit of the living into art"
This was reflected in much of his work which deals with a variety of subjects from the village scenes (which glow with the innate energy of humans in their day to day lives) to masks (for him a reminder of what once lived) and abstract renditions of the complexities of love.
Painted woodblock panel carvings
Woodblocks carved by Isaac Sithole and painted by Fanuel Moiane