Ade Kipades is a fine artist who lives and works in Riebeek Kasteel. His artistic career spans an eclectic mixture of creative expression, beginning from childhood, he was a prolific draughtsman and in high school he gained a level of proficiency in woodwork crafts. After school, he studied Graphic Design, graduating with a merit award in his field of expertise and pursued a career in commercial art. A chance meeting, with a traveling musician, changed his life by introducing him to ceramic globular flute making. He researched the subject and conducted numerous experiments that led to the production of these unique wind instruments.
It was not until he had immigrated to Italy, that he was able to conduct informal studies in tuning methods of the Italian ceramic globular flute, a ceramic flute design for playing classical music, resulting in a precision tuned ceramic wind instrument that he sold to international collectors.
Parallel to this, his new cultural environment abroad, had a profound influence on his fine art painting practice. Interaction with practicing artists, who belonged to European abstract art movements, meant that he could experimented with associated philosophies and techniques. He was invited to collaborate and exhibit with various cultural associations at International art events across Italy.
He returned to South Africa in 2016 where he continues to work as a fine artist.