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Benjamin Mitchley

I was born on 1 January 1967 in the Free State, South Africa. I matriculated from Welkom High School in 1984. I studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology.

I'm a full-time freelance fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator, 2D digital animator and poet. I do commissions and collaboration in oil and acrylic painting, scenic painting, illustration, and 2D digital animation.

Since 2003 I have exhibited my work in South Africa, and in the same year received my first international exposure with the help of South African Artists online gallery. I exhibited work in Munich and Hof, in Germany (2005 - 2006). Since then I gained support from several buyers in Europe, America and South Africa.

I furthered my scenic experience while working in Dubai on the IBN Battuta shopping mall (2004 and 2006), a sculpture project for the Dubai Municipality horse museum (2007) and mural work at the Dubai IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park (2016). In Johannesburg I worked on a scenic project for Monte Casino's East-End Teatro (2007) and created backdrops for television adverts at Golden Island Studios (2013).

Since 2010, as a self taught animator, I received contract work to create a short film for a SABC documentary and animation collaboration projects for corporation info-graphic material. In 2013 I received a first place award for a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute.

Poetry and writing developed from my fine art, illustration and animation creations, in the form of web comics, animated poems and illustrated poetry e-books.

​​​​​​​My search for new ideas and experimentation with new techniques, styles and media is ongoing.