Semi Lubisi

Semi Lubisi, born 1980, grew up in Ivory Park to the east of Johannesburg. He started drawing when he was at primary school, where he says one of his teachers changed his life by buying him a drawing book. After school, he went on to study Electrical Engineering, but dropped out and instead went back to his drawings. “I knew this is what I was meant to do from a young age,” he says.

Semi has no formal art education. He taught himself how to draw from reading art books and admiring the work of other artists. “I learn every day from every stroke; every critique is an opportunity to develop,” he says.

As a fine artist, Semi specialises in street scenes. “My inspiration is derived from the everyday lives of ordinary South Africans, from children playing in the townships to the normal comings and goings of ordinary citizens.” He uses watercolours, charcoal, ink and acrylics for his drawings, and sometimes collage.

He gained a Top 100 Certification at the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards in 2017 and is a member of ART@Zoo Lake. “It inspires me when local and international customers enjoy my work, and that motivates me to continue to work even harder and share my talent with the world.”