Banele Khoza

Banele Khoza was in born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland. In 2008 he moved to South Africa and schooled there, until 2011 when he enrolled at the London International School of Fashion for a year, studying Fashion Design. Khoza returned in 2012 and started studying Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology. Currently Khoza lectures Drawing and Art Theory at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is based in Pretoria.

Banele Khoza explains the influence of living in South Africa on his work, "I appreciate the Freedom I get from living in South Africa, tackling gender norms and also the idea of painting. There is a rich culture and appreciation of the Arts in this country and it inspires me further. I would have been in a box if I was based in Swaziland- however living in South Africa has allowed me to create my own identity that knows of no boundaries. My work remains embracing the colours blue and pink that socially and commercially differentiates sexes. Pinks and reds are dominating in my backgrounds, it is a consoling colour yet it is uncomfortable for a masculine audience- which is interesting as that in pre-1940’s blues were associated with femininity and pink was seen as strong and masculine. I wish for a society that doesn’t package boys in blue and girls in pink boxes."

Solo Exhibtions:
2017 / Upcoming
March 2017 - Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
September 2017 - SMITH, Cape Town

2016
'Temporary Feelings' - Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

Group Exhibitions:
2016
'Jan Cilliers Exhibition' - Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
'STELLAR' - Salon 91, Cape Town
'Sketch' - SMITH, Cape Town
'Arcadia' - SMITH, Cape Town
'1500' - No End Contemporary, Johannesburg

2015
'For Sale' - Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
'No End To This' - No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
'Jan Cilliers Exhibition' - Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
Multiple Group Exhibitions - Trent Gallery, Pretoria

Art Fairs:
2017
Cape Town Art Fair - Cape Town, SMITH

2016
AKAA Art Fair, at Le Carreau du Temple - Paris, SMITH
Cape Town Art Fair - Cape Town, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

2015
Turbine Art Fair - Cape Town, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

Prizes:
- A Re Yeng TRT bus station artwork-Pretoria
- South Africa Taxi Foundation Art Award 2015 - Final Selection (top 30)
- South Africa Taxi Foundation Art Award 2016 - Final Selection (top 30)
- Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition - Finalist (Top 100) 2015
- Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition - Finalist (Top 100) 2016
- Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards 2014/2015 - Finalist (Top 100)
- 2014 Finalist in the top 100 of Sasol New Signatures. Also awarded a scholarship by the South African Reserve Bank, for his fourth year studies in Fine Arts.

Media:
- SA Taxi Award Association top 30 catalogue, 2015
- “Unique artworks at A Re yeng stations 2015”, Pretoria News: 6 April 2015.
- Thabang Kuaho. “Young local artist creates art for A Re Yeng station”, Rekord: 29 May 2015
- Stehle Rudolf. Page 19: Kuns en Vermaak (Letters to the past or the future curated by Banele Khoza) Beeld: 3 July 2015
- Barclays L’Atelier Art Competition top 100 catalogue, 2015
- Every Mark Matters: Young Artist Banele Khoza Tackles issues of Identity by Jessica Hunkin
- Banele Khoza illustrates the looks of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by Jessica Hunkin