Pretoria based artist Banele Khoza aims to tackle gender norms through his work. By embracing the colours “blue” and “pink”, he challenges society to not packages male and females according to the respective colours.

“Pinks and reds dominate my backgrounds. They are consoling colours, yet they are uncomfortable for a masculine audience – which is interesting because before the 1940’s, blues were associated with femininity and pink was seen as strong and masculine.” – Banele Khoza via Smith Studio

Friday Nights I, 2017

Khoza was in born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland. He moved to South Africa 2008 where he completed  his high school education. In 2011 Khoza enrolled at the London International School of Fashion, studying Fashion Design for a year.  He later studied Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology in 2012. Now based in Pretoria full time; Khoza lectures Drawing and Art Theory at the Tshwane University of Technology.

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Latest Exhibition: Lonely Nights
Gallery: Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
Date: March 2017

Gallery: SMITH, Cape Town
Date: September 2017


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