Sizani Baloyi

Sizani's style and technique range from very refined ink drawings, to steel sculptures and sophisticated prints.

Sizani Baloyi was born on 26 September 1994 in a town called Giyani in Limpopo. In 2002 he moved to Johannesburg and studied at Klip Valley Primary School. He won a set of computers for the school in an art competition. He then studied at PJ Simelane Secondary School and was top of his class in the visual arts programme. He completed school in 2014.

Soon after that, he embarked on a three-year visual arts and printmaking course at Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg, where he won the Council of Chambers Competition. He is one of the artists selected to work with Strauss & Co to rework one of the old masters, Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef. He graduated in 2017 and undertook a 6-month internship with William Kentridge.

Sizani is now a full-time art practitioner. His style and technique range from very refined ink drawings, to steel sculptures and sophisticated prints. His artwork depicts the challenges that people are faced with, and he interrogates whether rural housing structures in contemporary South Africa have changed for the better since 1994.