Sisanda Buthelezi

Visual Artist

Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg but now based in Pretoria, Sisanda is by far the leading artist of the last 90s generation, emerging under the influence of Jody Olën.

Sisanda is only eighteen (18) years of age of which she has only been painting for two (2) yet her incredible determination, relentless passion and deep-rooted ambition to strive in the World of The Arts serve as proof of this proficient young lady’s phenomenal talent.

Sisanda discovered her creative abilities at the ripe age of twelve (12) when her mother took one of her designed sketches and brought it to life – to his day, she still gets people asking her where she bought that two-piece.

This, however, encouraged Sisanda to continue drawing and thereafter went on to experimenting with various drawing techniques, adding other valuable skills and ideas as the years progressed.

Sisanda Highlights the past 3 years as having a major influence on her as a creator. In the year 2015, she dared herself and took Visual Art as one of her 7 subjects under the instruction of Jody Olën who opened even more doors for her as she introduced her to other forms of art such as etching, printmaking, pen and ink drawing, painting and sculpture.

It was also at this moment where her true self began to emerge as she found herself more comfortable telling her story.

In 2016, Sisanda was advised and encouraged by Jody Olën yet again to make an attempt at painting. The Study of sir Peter Paul Rubens’ ‘Tronie’ was her *first* ever attempt at painting and the final masterpiece absolutely blew everyone away. She then went on to paint Kit Harrington AKA Jon Snow, inspired by Ygritte’s famous line “You Know Nothing Jon Snow” And titled it “How Much Do You Really Know?” – at this point she had grown an interest in understanding and expressing the social issues of South Africa.

Sisanda was invited to audition at The National School of The Arts but to her dismay, her then conservative mother blatantly refused as she believed Art to be a hobby and not a profession – hence, that door was shut, right in her face. She also featured in a competition hosted at the Potchefstroom Art Museum and was invited to showcase at the Mecca Exhibit after one of her Instagram followers fell in love with her work.

2017 was rather fruitful and amazing for me. Being a 17 year old whose work is highly inspired by the injustices and prejudices of our society – I’ve created works that I once thought were impossible to bring to life and watched them inspire those around me. Also, I’ve grown as an artist and i must say, ever since I started taking my art more seriously, the art industry has started noticing me and taking my work just as seriously. I’ve definitely been doing the impossible and I will continue to push my boundaries for I feel and know that bigger things are coming. God is at work and I’m only going up from here

This year, “I Am Not The Condition, Don’t Call Me Albino” featured in the BoldBrush Painting Competition where her work stood out as the most popular entry with 106 votes.

Sisanda is currently the youngest and only African Visual artist represented by The London Art Merchants Ltd. She is also South Africa’s first Live painter and has yet to exceed our expectations in the Art world. This young lady has a dream and will not let anything get in between.

Sisanda has managed to generate an income off of commissions and sales through her art pages on the popular social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. She was recently commissioned to draw the Chateaux De La’ Cruzette in France and has since collaborated with a fellow upcoming artist, Nicky Pienaar. Not only is she a visual artist but also a certified photographer and signed MSA Model – her presence cannot be ignored.