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Benjamin Mitchley is a South African fine artist, born on 1 Jan 1967 in the Free State. He studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology. As a full-time fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator, 2D digital animator and augmented reality artist, he consults and presents workshops on 2D animation and Artivive augmented reality. He does commissions and collaborates with artists by animating their artworks for the Artivive App.
He had his first international art exhibition in Germany in 2005 and 2006. From 2004 to 2016 he furthered his scenic experience while working in Dubai on the IBN Battuta shopping mall, a sculpture project for the Dubai Municipality horse museum and mural work at the Dubai IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park. In South Africa, he worked on a scenic project during the first phase of Monte Casino's East-End Teatro and scenic mural projects for television with Brian Rolfe. Since 2010, as a self-taught animator, he created a short animated film for a SABC documentary and animation collaboration for corporation info-graphic projects. In 2013 he received a first-place award in a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute. Technology plays an integral part in his creative process. Augmented reality has made it able to showcase his animation alongside his artwork. In 2019, the introduction of the Artivive app allowed the viewer to use a smartphone or tablet to see these animated 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, in 2019. In 2020 he received a place as one of the top 10 artists in the Artivive UN Peace Poster International Competition. In 2021 and 2022 he was a participant and animation AR consultant at The Junction's Window Wonderland Augmented Reality event in Toronto, Canada. In 2022 a selection of his Artivive artworks formed part of the 'Art + AR = New Experience' Artivive exhibition, hosted 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.
'Muse' pop-up outdoor Artivive AR gallery, Donaukanal, Vienna, Austria 2022.
Solo - Through The Portal, JVH Gallery, Oct 2022.
Fine Arts - Gauteng
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