Pretoria to Paris: Banele Khoza is making big strides in the art world

24 September 2017 - 00:00 By Pearl Boshomane

At only 23, Banele Khoza is already one of the most exciting young artists to watch - and one who is garnering awards and acclaim.
The Swaziland-born artist who merges old-school mediums (watercolours) with the new (digital) has won the 2017 Gerard Sekoto accolade for most promising artist at the Absa L'Atelier Awards, for his digital drawing series titled Note Making.
He will spend three months in Paris at the Cite Internationale des Arts as a result.
Earlier this year he won the South African Taxi Foundation Art Award and his work also made an impression at the recent FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Khoza studied fashion design before taking fine arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he now lectures in drawing and art theory.
One of his paintings was chosen as the official artwork for OppiKoppi 2017.
He previously told "What sparks my creativity are my relationships, or lack thereof, with people."

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