Daniël Hugo was born in 1975 in the Western Cape town of Riversdale and is a comic book artist and illustrator from Western Cape, South Africa. At a young age he fell in love with comics and began drawing. He soon committed himself to a career in art, working as a graphic artist while filling up sketchbooks with ideas and dreams. He then began working with Photoshop much later in his career in 2007 where he began to work as a concept artist. He has worked for several commercial agencies as a freelance artist. Daniël has contributed greatly to well-loved South African titles like The Velocity Anthology and SECTOR.
Ray Whitcher, a co-curator of this exhibition, is a comics writer and illustrator from Johannesburg, South Africa, and is currently completing a PHD on comics. Whitcher’s style is colourfully kinetic, reminiscent of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack, his work seeking to explore a combination of modern speculative fiction with distinctly vernacular themes and execution – comics themselves are constructed using parodies of iconic South African artefacts, such as the inside of Chappies chewing gum wrappers and Daily Sun headlines.
Loyiso Mkize was born in the town of Butterworth (also known as Gcuwa) in South Africa. He completed his studies in graphic design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2009. Mkize has created illustrated artworks for a number of comic book projects and is also a fine artist in his own right. Mkize’s Kwezi explores the life of a 19 year old in Gold City (think of a Jo’burg version of Metropolis) who grapples with conflicting cultural and urban identities, as well as his developing super powers.
Moray Rhoda is a Cape Town, South Africa based designer/illustrator. He is known as an indie publisher and was instrumental formation of Igubu Comic Collective, Insurrection Studios and Velocity Anthology.