Born in Mbumbulu, Sibusiso Robert Duma started drawing at an early age. Coming from a single parent headed household he made use of materials such as charcoal from the fire place to develop his early style.
His family then moved to Umlazi, where in 1994 he met Trevor Makhoba who began mentoring him and introduced him to oils. This was when his work started gaining recognition at the African Arts Centre.
He was still schooling during this period while simultaneously working on and developing his skill.
He used the proceeds from his painting sales to assist hbis mother, who was a single parent, provide for the family.
Duma’s first exhibition in 1997 was a group exhibition with Trevor Makhoba and Welcome Danca.
He continued working with Trevor until his death in 2003, after which he drew inspiration from the pointillism technique of Sphiwe Zulu to develop the much loved style that he currently works in.
Dumas work can be seen in galleries and museums throughout KZN and in private collection across the world.