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Leonard Baloyi

Leonard Baloyi b. (1992) is a South African visual artist born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg, his passion for art was realised at a very young age. He explores themes around feeling and emotion His work focuses mainly on portraits and figures, he is self-taught primarily working with paints, charcoals, and pastels. 

He has developed a unique technique using pallet knives, which allows him to create fine lines over thickly layered oil paint to create contrast through warm undertones, he often employs textured scribble in his technique, the use of sinuous lines brings about his distinctive pieces. In 2005, he participated in the Baragwanath public facility and traders market development project. He was a top 100 finalist in the 2017 Thami Mnyele fine arts awards competition. 


He has participated in a number of group exhibitions, both locally and internationally. Leonard has participated in the Tame Times auction at Absa gallery. He has work permanently displayed at the Workers’ Museum and a certificate of recognition by the department of arts a culture under the boundless city. He draws his inspiration from everyday life, the unprecedented happenings of life around him.

Leonard has refined his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between human figures and objects. He explores the disappearing element of empathy from humankind through ironically colourful expressions. He currently lives and works in Soweto, Johannesburg.