Lutaaya, Benon
Born in 1985, Kampala, Uganda. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Benon Lutaaya is a Johannesburg-based visual artist. His primary technique is paper collage on canvas although early artistic experiments saw him work with found and recycled materials. Lutaaya’s choice of materials builds a commentary around the complexities of the human condition, touching particularly on questions of identity, construction, and fragility. In his words, ‘waste paper material communicates the vulnerability of human life’. His method reveals multiform layers of rigorous manipulation, exploration, and approximation, while his handling of diverse media – whether acrylic, collage, or mixed media – underpins his investigations into concepts of identity, form, and flux. Gaining a BFA from Kyambogo University, Kampala, Lutaaya’s career took a significant turn when he moved to Johannesburg to begin an international artist residency award at Bag Factory Artists' Studios in 2011. He is the recipient of several awards and grants including the South African Arts and Culture Trust Impact Award (2015).
Benon Lutaaya, What’s freedom, 2016, Paper collage on canvas, 198 x 151 cm / 78 x 60 in, Courtesy the artist and ROOM Gallery & Projects