Born in Uganda, Benon Lutaaya is a Johannesburg-based visual artist. He holds a BFA with Education from Kyambogo University, Kampala. Although known for his contemporary paper collage portraiture work, he’s equally adept dealing with other subjects and mediums.
Unable to afford proper art supplies when he started out professionally in 2010, Benon improvised with recycled, found paper material gathered from streets to pursue his purpose as an artist.
2011 – Moves to South Africa courtesy of an international artist residency award by the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Johannesburg where he still holds a studio. Within 4 years of full time professional practice, Benon’s career is making waves punctuated with sale-out shows, artistic recognition, and a clients waiting list spanning for years.
The “Face of African Youth Foundation 2015” at the ADLER Entrepreneurship Awards in Frankfurt -Germany, Benon is also a WINNER of the South African Arts and Culture Trust Impact Award 2015
He’s a 2016 recipient of a 5 months European-based international Artist residency award by the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA)