Simthandile Lisakhanya Witbooi

Artist Bio

Simthandile Lisakhanya Witbooi is a Cape Town-based mixed media artist. She predominantly creates acrylic paint and pencil colour portraits depicting people of colour in a diverse, contemporary and aesthetic light. She visually captures each individual’s unique essence and style through an interlinked variety of textures, images, colours, collages and other forms of materiality. These aim to reflect the complexity and multidimensionality that is often unseen and has been neglected in historical representations and modern interactions through the projection of implicit biases and stereotypes. 

She is currently doing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town with majors in Psychology, Philosophy and Literature which she feels add insights into her artistic work and practice. She balances this alongside her budding art career.



April 2019 – ‘In the eye of the beholder’ was published in Mosaic (an anthology for poets and creators) by Ava Balis.

October, 2019 – awarded the Amy Steyl award for Art/Design at Rustenburg Girls’ High and her work was on loan to the High school for one year.

Published in the Art Times website for a street art piece she did at Ikhaya Le Langa named ‘Pierce the Air to breathe the Sun’ and a mixed media work named ‘Intricate Eyeing Intricacies’

“I am depth, you’d drown” published in the 2019 Dec/Jan Art Times issue

First group exhibition at the Framing place in Observatory alongside Peter Van Straten and Neeske Alexander.


‘Individuation’ published in Zenith Magazine


3 Month work experience at State of the Art gallery

Group exhibition at the Empire cafe in Muizenburg as part of the Young Artists Empire

Group exhibition at CoLab22 in Observatory

Zoom guest lecture with Nelson Mandela third year graphic design students

4 November – Group exhibition at Houseof_Co