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Born 1966 in Soweto, South Africa. Johannes Phokela went to the UK to pursue a career in Fine Art after a 3-year long diploma studies at FUBA Academy, Johannesburg. He achieved a Masters degree at the Royal College, 1993, having acquired his Bachelors Degree at Camberwell College of Art – (University of the Arts London), 1988-91; and a year's course at St. Martins Central college of art –University of the Arts London), 1987/88. Phokela exhibited his work in South Africa and around the world in both solo-shows and group-shows at the following places: Solos-shows: Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein – S. Africa 2012, STD Bank Gallery, Johannesbrg – South Africa 2009, KZNSA, Durban – South Africa, Cafe Gallery Project/in IVA, London UK. Group-shows: National Trust, A World Away, Dyrham – UK, 2012. Smithsonian Institute, Body of Evidence, Washington DC – USA, 2006. Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderna (CAAM) Erase me from who I'm, Canary Islands – Spain, 2006. Museum of African Art, Personal Effects, New York – USA, 2004. Museum Boijmans, Unpacking Europe, Rotterdam – Netherlands, 2001.Phokela has been awarded the John Moore Painting Award, (1993) Liverpool – UK, Decibel – Arts Council of England (2004), London UK, IASPIS (2001) – Prestigious artist international residency in Stockholm – Sweden. Delfina Studio Trust collaborated with Qatar alongside Old Holland Oil Paint makers for a body of commissioned paintings in which Johonnes Phokela was a participant. Therefore, it is a great reconnection that Phokela is involved in this project.