Fanie Buys was born in Gansbaai in 1993 to a British mother and Afrikaans father. It was after spending several years explaining that he doesn’t actually speak Afrikaans that he completed his secondary schooling in George, and went on to do a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Michaelis. Graduating in 2016 with a distinction in studiowork, and the co-recipient of both the Simon Gerson Award for an original body of work and the Judy Steinberg Award for painting, Buys completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He has been teaching as well as pursuing his painting practice since. Buys has exhibited nationally and abroad, and his work has been featured in VISI, House and Leisure, Artthrob, and the Art Times – he has also been a finalist in the Sanlam National Portrait Award and Fynarts Tondo Prize shows. Buys has mounted three solo exhibitions to date, the most recent being Miss at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town, where he lives and practices.
SELECTED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
2021 – Winter Show, Group Show, The Gallery, Johannesburg; Miss, solo presentation, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town; The Lockdown Collection Open Call, auction, Latitudes Online; Anthropomorphic, group show, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel. 2020 – In the Making, group show, Nando’s Creative Exchange, Constitution Hill and AVA Gallery, Cape Town; No Holds Barred, group show, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel; Latitudes Art Fair, group show, Spier Arts Trust Booth, Johannesburg; SHE, group show, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel. Proxies, group show, The Gallery, Johannesburg; The Grand V, group show Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town. 2019 – Happy Birthday Jesus! solo show, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town. Self, group show, Gallery Glen Carlou, Stellenbosch; RMB Turbine Art Fair, group show, 99 Loop Gallery Booth, Johannesburg. 2018 – Close Encounters, group show, Smith Studio, Cape Town; This Man, solo show, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town. 2017 - Out of Nowhere, group show, Smith Studio, Cape Town. 2016 – Michaelis Graduate Exhibition, group show, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. 2015 – Sanlam Portrait Award Top 100, group show, Casa Labia, Cape Town.