Khaya Witbooi

Khaya Witbooi (b. 1977) grew up in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. After matriculating in 1995, he pursued a college course in draughtsmanship. Witbooi then embarked on his professional journey as an illustrator for an architectural firm while also freelancing for The Argus newspaper in Cape Town, contributing court sketches, cartoons, and various illustrations. His artistic prowess extended to painting portraits, showcasing his versatile talent.

In June 2010, Witbooi's artistic career took a significant turn when he was selected to join the Good Hope Artist’s Studio programme. This opportunity provided him with a dedicated studio space and the chance to focus on painting full-time. His dedication and talent were further recognized in December 2011 when he was awarded an artist’s residency at the prestigious Greatmore Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Witbooi's artistic expression is a unique blend of stenciling and oil painting, through which he conveys his socio-political observations. His works are characterized by an edgy and urban aesthetic with a distinctly African relevance. He frequently explores themes such as the perceived failures of democracy in addressing post-colonial and post-apartheid challenges in South Africa, human behavior within this context, and the impacts of globalization. His art offers valuable insights into experiences often overlooked by the broader public.

Artist Statement

“I’ve taken it upon myself to make a statement as a concerned citizen. I’m not expecting people from around the world to do it before I do. If there’s any person to make the first comment, it is the person who feels it immediately, and I’m that person.” – Khaya Witbooi

1977 -
Nationality: South African
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