Q&A with…

Rapidly making his mark on the contemporary art scene, former TUT’s fashion student Banele Khoza has turned his attention to Fine Art. With clear fashion sensibilities reflected in his work, Zeitz and a few other international collectors have been eyeing his work for some time, and in July, The Pretoria Art Museum will host his first solo exhibition.

1. What have you been working on this year?

This year has been an exciting year, I started with shows in Cape Town – a group exhibition at Smith Studio titled Sketch, followed by Arcadia and now Whence They Came. I was announced as the Johannes Stegmann mentee at Lizamore and Associates and mentored by my personal icon Colbert Mashile. I also had work in the Cape Town Art Fair and Turbine Art Fair represented by Lizamore.

2. You are a former fashion student but decided to turn your focus toward fine art. Why the transition? I studied Fashion Design and Illustration was part of the package. When illustrating, that was one of the times I felt most happy – it made me realise that my ideal life would be drawing every day. That’s my life currently. It’s intriguing to not have a brief and to constantly question myself, ‘What do I want to do?’.

I am an analyst and fine art allows me to share my thoughts and observations.

3. Best local exhibition you’ve seen recently? Best exhibition this year was Moshekwa Langa’s ‘Ellipses’. I was fortunate to see it at Stevenson, Cape Town. His approach to drawing and painting is completely loose. Out of the entire exhibition I sensed a lot at play; there was a great sense of freedom, giving me confidence in my upcoming solo at the Pretoria Art Museum.

4. What exhibitions do you have lined up for the rest of the year? In July, my first solo project ‘Temporary Feelings’ will be opening at The Pretoria Art Museum. I’ll be presenting a body of 35+ pieces in different mediums. The following week Barclays L’Atelier will be opening and I am one of the 13 artists that are representing South Africa in the competition this year. I have curated at Trent Gallery in Pretoria and look forward to a print exchange project at the District Six Museum. Lastly, AKAA Art Fair in Paris – Smith Studio will be representing me there.

5. What are the top five art works in your collection? The best pieces in my collection are the following:

Norman Catherine, Insomnia (I wake up at 3 every day lately, it was so fitting to own)
Penny Siopis, Zimbabwe Farmer
Clare Menck, Floating Head,
Heidi Fourie, Toy Rebels (Today we are having our pictures taken)
Tatenda Chidora, Soul Window.

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Norman Catherine ‘Insomnia’
Penny Siopis ‘Zimbabwe Farmer’
Clare Menck ‘Floating Head I’
Heidi Fourie ‘Toy Rebels (Today we are having our pictures taken)’
Tatenda Chidora ‘Soul Window’