Johannesburg-based, Ugandan-born artist.
Benon Lutaaya (born Dec-1985) is a Johannesburg-based, Ugandan-born artist. He holds a BFA with Education – Kyambogo University. He started his professional career in 2010 as a paper collage artist and only started to paint in 2011 on a residence programme at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. He is a full time visual artist. Benon is best known for his provocative, contemporary paper collage portraiture paintings, although he is equally adept working with either acrylics or mixed media. He has participated in a number group and solo exhibitions both locally and internationally. And his work is increasingly becoming recognized and appreciated as demonstrated by his sale-out shows. His work is inspired by his own autobiographical life experiences and explores a myriad of issues relating to identity, child hardship, homelessness, isolation and fear. Through his paintings, he strips open and render the innermost essence of the mind of his subjects, passing through memories, emotions, feelings, relationships and personal story while striving toward revealing the communicative value and strength of the medium he opts to use to express myself. His work has featured in a number of top local and International media including Reuters TV, Mail and Guardian, Business Day, Sowetan, The Times, The Citizen, Finweek, New Vision, SABC, BBC, CCTV, and so on. Benon is a recipient of artistic awards, creative grants, and international artist residences.