Fadiel Hermans (b. 1971) works and lives in Cape Town. He grew up in the Bo-Kaap and on the Cape Flats. He studied graphic design at the Peninsula Technikon and to further is skills in painting he took part-time courses at the Iziko National Gallery. At the time, in the nineties, graffiti and other street cultures exploded onto the Cape Flats and these influences played a significant role in the development of Fadiels’s style. "I prefer starting my works with aerosols, rough stencils and the airbrush because it allows for instant, energetic blocking in and covering of areas with fades and patterns. I go back and forth between oils and aerosols, and rework and refine an image with paint and spray until I get to the desired result. Mixing the use of traditional oil paints and aerosols in my work creates a balance that hovers between refined and raw, traditional and urban."