Leonard Baloyi

Leonard Baloyi

Bio

Leonard Baloyi (b.1992) is a South African Visual artist born and raised in Soweto where he currently lives and works. He started drawing and painting in his teenage years where his love for art was nurtured immensely and thus evident to everyone around him more especially his counterparts. He is a portrait artist primarily working with oils,acrylics,pastels and charcoals. Baloyi specializes in amazingly soulful portraits that shows both the power of ferminity and masculinity in different expressions. His practice engages with concepts of identity, feeling and emotion. Baloyi has produced work for several individuals as commissions.In 2005 he participated in the Baragwanath public facility and traders market development and he was awarded a certificate of
achievement. He was a top 100 finalist in the 2017 Thami mnyele fine arts awards competition.He recently had his work collected by the worker’s museum in newtown. He has participated in a number of group
exhibitions in Soweto and in Johannesburg. He draws his inspiration from everyday life,the unprecedented happenings of life around him. Baloyi has refined his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between human figures,objects and nature,he explores the disappearing element of empathy from humankind through ironically colorful expressions.

Exhibitions:
2020 Group exhibition,worker’s museum,newtown Johannesburg
2019 Group exhibition,”illuminate night”,Goethe institut,Parkwood
2018 Group exhibition,”They are the stars”,Houghton
2017 Group exhibition,”The re-launch”,Alliance franchise,soweto
2017 Group exhibition,”Thami mnyele top 100 culture and resistance”,Ekurhuleni
2017 Group exhibition,”black excellence”,Soweto theatre
2014 Group exhibition,”Like father like son”,Capitol fashions,Johannesburg Bibliography:
Soweto urban news,cover – p4,june 2018 Awards and prizes:
2019 Henley business school and The coloured cube mural project
2017 Top 100 finalist,Thami mnyele fine arts awards

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