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Sunday, May 3, 2020


(“Loiter” - Mixed media on fabriano by Callan Grecia, 2020. 70 x 100 cm. R5,834)

During this lockdown, the KZNSA Gallery in Durban would like to introduce artists it has worked and collaborated with, in its new series: Meet the Artist. Have some fun with them, collect their art, and watch their Q&A videos on the Instagram and Facebook pages.

Earlier this year, the KZNSA exhibited the work of Durban artist, Callan Grecia, at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Grecia holds a Master of Fine Art degree in painting from Rhodes University, obtained in 2017. As a young man actively engaged in music, fashion and photography, he discovered in painting a way to explore new modes of expression. He credits his early experiences in hip hop and fashion with unlocking an experimental, almost playful approach to painting; the result is an energetic portfolio of work that has evolved organically with the artist’s taste in music and fashion. Interested in more of his background, read his bio online here .

Q: How do you know the KZNSA?

When I was a kid, my parents took me to the KZNSA because I'm sure that they were aware that I enjoyed art, I was drawing and everything. After University I went back to the KZNSA, because I wanted to keep up to date with what was happening in the arts in Durban. Which was great for me, as I ended up working there over the holiday period for the BUZZART fair, and ended up going to the Cape Town art fair.

Q: What do you wish you’d stocked up on, and what are you using instead?

Phthalo blue, should have ordered phthalo blue. Didn't. So now I am using van dyke brown and cerulean blue to kind of compensate, but it's not even close, which is a bit annoying.

Q: Can you give us a little known fact about you

This one's a tough one, hey. I don't know, people know a lot about me already, or they don't know anything and I'd like to keep it that way. 

Q: Name three creatives (living or late) to lockdown with you in your studio.

Daniel Rector, Jonathan Meese, Tal R. Just three German painters, hey!

Q: What is the best part about being an artist?

Probably waking up in the morning and going to the studio. I'm quite privileged to do that, maybe not necessarily monetarily, or stress-wise, or whatever, but I still probably wouldn't do anything other than that.

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