Luan Nel is an artist, writer and curator, Luan Nel has a BA Fine Arts degree and a higher diploma in education from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1994 he won the judges prize in the New Signatures Competition. In 1998 and 1999 he was awarded participation at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam under the guidance of Luc Tuymans, Narcisse Tordoir and Matt Mullican amongst others. In 1999 he also participated in a research residency at the Dutch Institute in Rome. He has participated in various exhibitions including Lustwarande: Pleasure Garden in Tilburg, The Netherlands, alongside the likes of Louise Bourgeois and Michaelangelo Pistoletto. Solo exhibitions include Still Life at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, and Twitter at Everard Read in Cape Town. In 2017 he had his solo exhibition Diction at CIRCA Cape Town. The same year he did the photographic installation as solo for Toffee gallery in Darling. In 2018 he had a solo at Fried Gallery in Pretoria titled S.O.S The Poseidon adventure. His artworks are in private, as well as public and corporate collections including the Johannesburg Art Gallery, SABC, University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng Legislature, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Smithsonian, Spier, Hollard, Sasol, Ellerman House and KPMG. In 2013 he was Young Curator for the Aardklop National Arts Festival with the group exhibition Weerberig - Weather Report. In 2019 he and his spouse Neil Pendock (a mathematician and wine writer) bought 117 Long Street which is now Nel Art gallery. Artist owned and directed.