Simthandile Creates

Artist Statement

Cape Town-based mixed media artist, Simthandile Witbooi, captures the visual senses with her original creations. Her acrylic paint and pencil color portraits depict people of color in a diverse, contemporary, and aesthetic light. Every portrait reflects the individual’s uniqueness, and the merging of artistic techniques mirrors their often unseen multidimensionality. Her works thus intend to expose the multifaceted nature of her subjects and invite the viewer to embrace this reality — which has been neglected in past and present representations and interactions. The work thus challenges biases or stereotypes the viewer may hold or have the propensity to make.



Triple major in Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Cape Town


Distinctions (90%+) in matric final for Visual Arts and Design at Rustenburg Girls’ High


6 years of art classes at Mountain Road Primary

Exhibitions, Awards, Publications & Experience


  • Summer Salon Group exhibition, Nel gallery, Cape Town
  • Work Experience at StateoftheArt gallery, Cape Town
  • Group exhibition, Art in the Park, Company Gardens, Cape Town
  • Group Exhibition, Cape Town Civic Centre
  • Winter Curation, Nel Gallery, Cape Town
  • Group exhibition with City of Cape Town Emerging Arts Programme at VnA Waterfront
  • Group exhibition at Fame Week Africa, CTICC centre
  • Group exhibition “Ground | Vista | Vessel” with Nel Gallery and q.studio at Riebeek Valley


  • Group exhibition, Empire café, Muizenburg, Cape Town
  • Group exhibition, CoLab22, Observatory, Cape Town
  • Zoom Guest Lecture, 3rd year graphic design students, Nelson Mandela University
  • Group exhibition at Houseof_Co, Cape Town
  • Work experience at StateoftheArt gallery, Cape Town
  • Group exhibition, Popup Collab, 6 Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town

  • Summer Salon Group exhibition at Nel gallery, Cape Town


  • ‘Individuation’ published in Zenith Lit Mag, Iowa City, United States


  • ‘In the eye of the beholder’ published in Mosaic edited by Ava Balis
  • Amy Steyl Award for Art/Design at Rustenburg Girls’ High
  • ‘The Piscean’ and ‘Preludes’ on loan for a year, Principal Gates office, Rustenburg Girls’ High School, Rondebosch
  • Published on the Art Times website
  • “I am depth, you’d drown” published in the 2019 Dec/Jan Art Times issue
  • Group exhibition with Peter Van Straten & Neeske Alexander, The Framing place, Observatory