Banele Njadayi was born in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape and moved to Port Elizabeth where he studied and now works as a professional artist. Banele’s formal art training plays no vital role in his narratives as evidenced in his overall technical delivery in any material of his choice. Though he studied art and design briefly at Russell Road College before seeking arts training within NGO run tutelage, his work is distinguished by his approach and execution. Njadayi is popularly known for his paintings on found metal and his found metal sculptures. He masterfully applies vibrant colours in his paintings to draw out the energy and atmosphere of the varying contexts these images are taken from. He has exhibited in a number of exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and his work is featured in many prominent collections.
2018 – Nominated Best Visual Artist in the Eastern Cape – Department of Arts and Culture
2016 – Nominated Best Visual Artist in Eastern Cape – Department of Arts and Culture
2015 – Fruits of Democracy – Gold Award Honouree of Excellence – Arts and Culture – Nelson Mandela Bay
2014 – The NewNowNext Eastern Cape Emerging artist’s competition – Second prize, Gallery Noko, Port Elizabeth
2011 – New Signatures – Merit Award, Artec Community art gallery, Port Elizabeth