Benon Lutaaya

Johannesburg-based, Ugandan-born artist.

Biography

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.