Layziehound Coka was born in Bilanyoni situated in Northern KwaZulu Natal in 1982. His early years were determined by the South African apartheid system that separated people of different race, and permitted very limited educational choices for people of colour. The 80s were characterized by turmoil, violence and the uprising of young, black people protesting against the regime. He attended a local primary school at Bilanyoni, before he moved to Inkamana, a Catholic High School in Vryheid in 1995. Coka matriculated at Sinethemba Agricultural and Technical Boys School. He moved to Gauteng in 2001 and started studying engineering in 2003 at Pretoria Technikon. He gave up engineering for fine art in 2005 when he started studying print making at Newtown’s Artist Proof Studio (APS). He has been working as a professional artist since graduating from APS in 2007 and predominantly works with acrylic and charcoal on paper or canvas. Layzie has participated in a number of group exhibitions and solo shows around South Africa as well as the US. He exhibited in public and private spaces as well as commercial galleries. In 2019, he particpated in ART Madrid fair, Spain and START art fair, London, UK. Currently Layziehound Coka works from his studio in Johannesburg and lives with his wife and children between Pretoria and KwaZulu Natal. Selected Exhibitions 2020 | Faces Of Africa, online group exhibition, LITTY | contemporary.art, South Africa 2019 | START art fair, London 2019 | ART Madrid, art fair, Spain 2019 | AGOG gallery, group exhibition, Johannesburg 2019 | ODA, group exhibition, Franschhoek 2018 | ‘18Nova Exclubition’, August House Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa 2018 | ‘Aftermath’, group exhibition, Rand Merchant Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa 2018 | ‘Talking To Deaf Ears’, group exhibition, ABSA Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa 2017 | ‘Dream Chasers’, solo exhibition, ODA Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa 2017 | ‘Hazardous Diction’, group exhibition, 13th Floor Gallery, Johannesburg, SA 2017 | ‘Pan Africa’, group exhibition, ODA | fine art, Franschhoek, SA 2017 | ‘Guns Are Drawn’, solo exhibition, Julie Miller Investment Art, Johannesburg, SA 2017 | ‘Solstice’, group exhibition, ODA | fine art, Franschhoek, SA 2017 | ‘Not a Judge, Not a Saint’, solo exhibition, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, SA 2016 | ‘Grey Areas’, Trent Gallery, Pretoria, SA 2016 | ‘Unfettered Egos and the Absence of Substance’, solo exhibition, MAP Contemporary, Melville 2016 | African Art, NY Affordable Art Fair, New York, USA 2016 | ‘Reconnection’, Alliance Francaise, Rosebank, SA 2016 | ‘What change there is?’, Gavin’s Project Gallery, Maboneng, SA 2016 | August House @ Hazard Gallery, Maboneng, SA 2016 | ‘Considering Genius’, Res Gallery, Rosebank, SA 2015 | Joburg Art Week, August House Gallery, Doornfontein, SA 2015 | Turbine Art Fair, Bayliss Gallery, Newtown, SA 2015 | ‘Eye Art’@ Gavinprojects, Rosebank, SA 2014 | ‘Art’, Gavinprojects, Sandton, SA 2012 | World Summit, IDC, Sandton, SA 2011 | ‘Collaborate’, Unity Art Gallery, Newtown, SA 2010 | ‘Do What You Love and Love What You Do’, solo exhibition, The Chemistry, Parktown North 2010 | ‘Wasted’, Unity Art Gallery, Newtown, SA 2010 | ‘Collaborate’, Unity Art Gallery, Newtown, SA 2009 | ‘Love Matters: Concerto no.26’, solo exhibition, Unity Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA 2009 | APS, Belldewarhall, Houghton, SA 2009 | Sasol Signature Award Exibition, Pretorie Museum, Pretoria, SA 2009 | Thami Mnyele Award Exhibition, Scholtz Coen Recreation, Birchleigh North, SA 2009 | ‘Lyrical Sense and Sounds of Philosophy’, solo exhibition, The Peech Hotel, Melrose, SA 2008 | ‘Unity’, Unity Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA 2008 | ‘Art’, Belldewarhall, Houghton, SA 2008 | Ekurhuleni Art Award, Scholtz Coen Recreation Centre, Birchleigh North, SA 2008 | Tracker, Randburg, SA 2008 | Afrika Day, Soweto, SA 2008 | Absa Competition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, SA 2007 | ‘Identity’, Gallery on the Square, Sandton, SA 2007 | Final Year End Show, Artist Proof Studio, Newtown, SA 2007 | @ Spaza Art Gallery, Troyville 2007 | Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria 2007 | Belldewarhall Exhibition, Houghton, SA 2006 | Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria 2005 | ‘Emotions in Motion’, Bus Factory, solo exhibition, Newtown, SA
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