King Debs

King Debs

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King Debs is a Cape Town-based, South African artist who focuses on multimedia art and design after attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design and Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2010. King Debs draws his influences from his Tswana heritage and lived experiences as a child being born in Mafikeng and growing up in Tshwane (Pretoria). His current work illustrates a profound interest in African identity, scriptoria, handstyles, and indigenous ideographics. His work has been shown locally at renowned spaces and galleries such as Gallery Momo in Cape Town, Gallery One11, Imibala Gallery , AVA gallery, Thupelo Workshop with Greatmore Studios, and St. Lorient in Tshwane. Internationally, Debs’ work has been exhibited at Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA) in the USA, and in Chester Art Fair (UK) in 2018; he was a finalist for his digital art. In 2020 King Debs’s work was showcased in London at arebyte Gallery, and he also has shown work in the first-ever virtual national Arts Festival in 2020. He has also been on the showcased at Iziko Museums of South Africa Cape Town in 2019 and 2020; and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo As a multimedia artist, King Debs is accustomed to using different media ranging from 3D digital art, calligraphy, and animation. The work King Debs creates is centered around themes of identity, socio-political commentary, life
and death, and the human condition at large. After many years of of experimenting with different media, King Debs has developed a visual language that encapsulates his ideas around empathy and humility in the ever-expanding information era.

Name: Ofentse
Surname:Letebele
Pseudonym:King Debs
Date of birth: 24 May 1989
Sex: Male
Race: African
Website: www.kingdebs.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_king_debs/
Portfolio Site: ​​​​​​​https://kingdebs.myportfolio.com/

Higher Education and Training
Institution: Institution for Creative Arts (2020 Fellow) Michaelies
Institution: Tshwane University of Technology (Tshwane, South Africa)
Course: B.Tech: Multimedia Design and Technology (2007 -2010)
Institution: Tsogo High School
Course: Matric (2006)

Industry Experience
2015 – 2020: Multimedia Designer, @ Iziko Planetarium (Cape Town)
Responsibilities: To produce and program astronomy and science-based content fulldome films for the immersive 8K dome theater. Overall all CGI generalist working across 2D and 3D based projects for the planetarium.
2013 – 2015: Computer Graphics Generalist, @ Keyframe Animation (Cape Town)
Responsibilities: 3D modeling 3D animation, Rotoscoping, Motion Graphics and Illustration.
Overall generalist for VFX projects and retail animation for National TV Advertisements.
2012 – 2015: Game Art Designer @ Maxxor (Cape Town)
Responsibilities: 3D modeling, 3D animation, Concept Art
Overall designer generalist primarily for a game called MoonBase.
Skills Set
Digital Art (CGI) , 3D Art, Calligraphy, 2D & 3D Animation, Motion Graphics, Planetarium Fulldome Content Production, Sound Design

Exhibitions
2020: vNAF, Virtual National Arts Festival, 25 June – 5 July, https://nationalartsfestival.co.za/show/tlhago/
2020: The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Bokamoso, Cape Town, Current
2019: Imibala Gallery – Not My Type, Somerset West, 4 October 2019:
2019: Gallery MOMO – Unresolved category, Cape Town, 17 July 2019: http://tiny.cc/suordz
2019: The Viewing Room Gallery, GraySCALE – Tshwane, 13 April 2019
2018: Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Snap to Grid – December, http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html
2018: Visual Arts Open – Chester Art Fair, UK – November 2018
2018: ISEA 2018 Virtual Graffiti / Digital Calligraffiti@ KZNSA and Denis Hurley Center, June, Durban
2017: Tote Bag Exhibition, Hail Pizza, October 31, Cape Town
2015: Design Indaba, Emerging creatives: http://bit.ly/1vQDBYe
2015: Thupelo Workshop @ Ruth Prowse, 13 June, Cape Town
2015: Museum of African Design (MOAD), 16 April, Johannesburg
2015: Spin Street, Design-A-Can Exhibition, 7 May, Cape Town
2014: Movement Exhibition, @ Fair Weather House, 1 May, Cape Town: http://on.fb.me/1mQmVqj
2011: Hybrid Graffiti Exhibition, @ St Lorient gallery, 31 May, Tshwane

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