Life 421 x 299, linocut
|William Zulu represents the most basic of human rights, "Everyone has the right to life", with an expressive print centred upon a mother-and-child-group which, according to the artist, "symbolises the building block of any nation-family". The right to life applies to all people, including the aged, the handicapped and prisoners, as indicated in the background. Reflecting a close relationship with the land and a broad vision of our dependence on nature, the artist found it important to emphasise that "the right to life even extends to our natural heritage", represented in the growing plants along the sides.
Ndabenhle William Zulu was born near Vryheid in rural KwaZulu/Natal in 1956. After an operation in 1974, the artist become paralysed from the waist down. While in hospital his artistic talent was discovered by an occupational therapist,who encouraged him to study art at Rorke's Drift Art Centre. He has exhibited internationally and held his first solo exhibition in 1995 at the African Art Centre, Durban.