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Benjamin Mitchley is a South African fine artist, born on 1 January 1967 in the Free State, South Africa. He matriculated from Welkom High School in 1984 and studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology. He is a full-time freelance fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator and 2D digital animator. He does commissions and collaboration in fine art painting, scenic painting, illustration, and 2D digital animation. Since 2003 he exhibited his work in South Africa, and in the same year received his first international exposure with the help of South African Artists online gallery. He had his first international art exhibition in Munich and Hof, in Germany during 2005 and 2006. Since then he gained support from art collectors in Europe, America and South Africa. He furthered his scenic experience while working in Dubai on the IBN Battuta shopping mall (2004 and 2006), a sculpture project for the Dubai Municipality horse museum (2007) and mural work at the Dubai IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park (2016). In Johannesburg, he worked on a scenic project during the first phase of Monte Casino's East-End Teatro in 2007 and created backdrops for television adverts at Golden Island Studios in 2013. Since 2010, as a self taught animator, he received contract work to create a short film for a SABC documentary and animation collaboration for corporation info-graphic projects. In 2013 he received a first-place award for a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute. Technology plays an integral part in his creative process. Augmented reality has made it able to look at his artwork in a different way. In 2019 the introduction of augmented reality to his artwork linked to the Artivive app has allowed the viewer to use a smartphone or tablet to see these artworks come to life. This medium has taken him on a new journey with exhibition collaborations with the Artivive company. The first exhibition was held at the Venesia Hotel during the Miami Art Basil in December 2021. He also participated in the 5th Ranetas VR Fest in Alcaniz, Spain, 2019. In 2020 he received a place among the top 10 artists for the Artivive UN Peace Poster International Competition which was exhibited at the UN secretariat building in New York. In 2021 he was a participant and animation consultant at The Junction 2nd Window Wonderland Augmented Reality event in Toronto, Canada. Currently a selection of his Artivive artworks form part of the 'Art+AR= New Experience' presented by Sunshine Studios in Korea.
Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2003/2004
Strada, Munich, 2005/2006.
Koenig Bistro, Munich & Hof Christmas market, Germany, 2006.
The Studio art gallery, & Richard Renni gallery, Clarens, 2007.
Solo Exhibition, 'Spirit', The Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town, 2008.
'My Country, My Land', Hyde Park Gallery, Johannesburg, 2009.
'Green,Organic,Nature,Nurture', Hyde Park,Jhb. Food and Trees for Africa, 2009.
Gallery On The Side, Four Ways, Johannesburg, 2010/2014.
Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2012, Merit award.
2nd Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 9 May 2013.
Portugal Day, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 8 June 2013.
'Don't let that Horse', Ode to Chagall, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 25 June 2013.
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg 2013.
Art Lovers 1932 - Erotica group exhibition 19 Sept to 2 Oct. 2013.
Art Lovers 1932, Duo solo with Johan van Staden in conjunction with Gordon Froud, 'Alice in Wonderland' group exhibition, 3 Oct. to 16 Oct. 2013.
The Alfred Mall Gallery, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 2014.
Pretoria Art Association members exhibition, 2016.
Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, 2017.
Solo exhibition, 'Moments', Trent Gallery, Pretoria, 20 April 2018.
'At Midnight' group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Art Gallery, Pretoria, 1 to 17 June 2018.
'Unexpected' group exhibition, The Viewing Room Art Gallery, Pretoria 27 July to 15 September 2018.
'Indestructible', group exhibition, Trent Gallery 31 Aug. to 13 Sept. 2018.
'Spring' group exhibition, Long Street Art Lovers 1932, 13 September to 11 October 2018.
Solo 'Moments 2', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 13 Sept. to 30 Sept. 2018.
Comic Con Africa, 2018.
End year Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 1 December 2018.
'Postcards from the edge' group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 20 January to 18 February 2019.
Solo 'Characters & Concepts', Long Street Art Lovers 1932, 31 January to 12 February 2019.
'Ophelia' group exhibition, Trent Gallery, 1 to 14 March 2019.
'Language of Light' photographic group exhibition, Long Street Art Lovers 1932, 14 March to 26 March 2019.
'Magnificent Moving Machines' Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 31 March to 14 April 2019.
FanCon, Capetown, 27 -28 April 2019.
Solo 'Characters & Concepts 2', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 1 to 27 June 2019.
'Landscapes of my childhood', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 14 July - 2 August 2019.
'Winter Sale', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 4 to 28 August 2019.
Comic Con Africa, 2019.
5th Ranetas VR Fest, Alcañiz (Spain,) 15 November to 1 December 2019.
Kinkelkuns exhibition, Eldoraigne, 2019.
End Year Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery 1 December 2019.
Anual 'Postcards from the Edge' Group Exhibition', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 12 January 2020.
'0202/2020' Palindrome Group Exhibition, ArtBox, Pretoria 02 February to 25 February 2020.
'New Dimensions' Group Exhibition', curated by Benjamin Mitchley, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 28 June 2020.
'Annual Winter Sale Group Exhibition', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 30 July 2020.
Artivive UN Peace Poster Exhibition, UN Secretariat Building, New York 2020.
'Winged Creatures' group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, October 2020.
'2020' end year group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, December 2020.
'Postcards from the Edge', Johann van Heerden Gallery, January 2021.
'Still Life Kudos Exhibition' Johann van Heerden Gallery, 7 February 2021.
The Rabbit's Foot Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 11 April 2021.
Connectivity, Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 4 July 2021.
Miami Art Basil Artivive AR Cocktail, Venezia Hotel Miami, 4 December 2021.
Flights of Fancy Solo Exhibition Johann van Heerden Gallery 2021.
Artivive 'ART+AR= NEW EXPERIENCE ', Sunshine studios, Korea, 15 April to 14 October 2022.
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