11 February

Banele was born on the 11th of February, 1994 in a small town in Swaziland called Hlatikulu. He attended grade 1 to 9 in Swaziland.


Moving to Pretoria

In 2008, Banele moved to Pretoria to attend school at Cornerstone College (Silverton), grade 10 - 11. For grade 12, he moved to Abotts College where he took his first design class and aced it with a distinction.

2011 - 2013
Higher Education

2011 - Enrolled in London International School of Fashion for a year, studying Fashion Design. 2012 - Began with Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology. 2013 - Second year in Fine Arts, began exhibiting at Trent Gallery.


2014 - 2015

2014 - Finalist in the top 100 of Sasol New Signatures and was awarded a scholarship by the South African Reserve Bank, for his fourth year studies in Fine Arts.

  • Finalist for the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award and the Barclays L’Atelier art competition.
  • His sculpture for the A Re Yeng bus system went up at The General G. Pitso Station, Sunnyside Pretoria.
  • Tutor at the Tshwane University of Technology for Art Theory and Design history
  • Completed his Btech year in Fine Arts.

memorable experiences.


  • Johannes Stegmann mentorship programme, currently being mentored by Colbert Mashile in preparation for a solo exhibition at Lizamore and Associates, opening in 2017
  • First solo exhibition “Temporary Feelings” at the Pretoria Art Museum, opened 9 July 2016
  • Finalist for the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award top 30
  • Barclays L’Atelier art competition, top 100
  • Drawing and Art Theory II lecturer at: Tshwane University of Technology