Dada Khanyisa

Dada Khanyisa holds a BA in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, South Africa, a course of study preceded by one in traditional and digital animation at the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa.

A multidisciplinary artist, their (Khanyisa’s preferred pronoun) works explore the intersection of technology and social culture with respect to the black experience. The most recent of these have been three-dimensional paintings, drawings and sculptures commenting on cell phone usage, online persona and relationships in the age of social media.

Khanyisa have participated in numerous group exhibitions across South Africa, and held their first solo show, Bamb’iphone, at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town (2018). A year before this, they completed a commission for a 35-metre mural along Constitution Hill, the living museum of South Africa’s journey to democracy. Khanyisa is a recipient of the 2016 Simon Gerson prize and a merit winner at the SA Taxi Art Awards in 2015.

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