News-letter received from Benon Lutaaya.

2015 will have been yet another molestone for Benon. The entire SAFFCA Team wishes him to conclude the year with panache and serenity and to engage fully with 2016.

SAFFCA is anxious to welcome Benon in its Saint Emilion premises for a fabulous 5 months residency.



Welcome to Benon Lutaaya



2015 has been such a terrific year for artist Benon Lutaaya. Thanks to you, for the unwavering, continued support of his work. The artist continues to rock and make waves both locally and internationally..

“His star seems to shine so bright not just for his own visibility but to illuminate the community around him and has so far donated up to R400000 to charities and other noble causes in South Africa..” – Mail & Guardian”, Nov.2015



“2015 Face of African Youth Foundation Award”



This December 5th, Benon Lutaaya was named the “2015 Face of African Youth Foundation” at the ADLER Entreprenuership Awards, in Frankfurt, Germany – The award is presented to Africans and people of African descent in Europe and Africa that show the greatest promise of contribution to human well-being, through the creation and application of their activities, intellect and knowledge.  The award makes Benon an African Youth Ambassador representing the foundation in some of its activities internationally.


2015 Arts and Culture Trust Impact Award winner (visual arts)


Benon Lutaaya was announced WINNER of the South African “Arts and Culture Trust Impact Award 2015” in the visual arts category at the at The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on Monday, 2 November…more.

2016 European-based International Artist Residency Award


Benon wins a 5months European-based International Artist Residdency Award by theSouthern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), running across the summer of  2016..more



The artist had two major SOLO SHOWS in 2015, and all sold out during preview; weeks before they opened to the public.

2015 – “REVEAL”, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria – Illovo, Johannesburg

2015 –  ‘Portrait of Self’, World Art Gallery, Cape Town (in association with Lizamore gallery, Johannesburg)


Benon makes TOP 4 INVESTMENT artists UNDER 40 

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The South African Art Times, names benon on its 2015 list of TOP 4 INVESTMENT artists UNDER 40 whose work should be invested in..more

2015 Bright Young Thing

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artist Benon Lutaaya was named a 2015 Bright Young Thing by ART AFRICA magazine…more 


Benon Lutaaya: the self-made artist breaking traditions,Gloria Nakajubi, Mail & Guardian newspaper, November 2015

Of Life and visually rich collages (interview with Benon) – Khehla Chepape Makgato, The Journalist, October 2015

The Richard Branson of SA’s Art Scene- Lisa Witepski, SA Express Airways in-flight magazine,September 2015

Benon Lutaaya, a Window to the Soul- Raschika Marx-Badenhorst, Art-Movie-Book, August 2015

Abstracting the Human Condition- Dominique du Plessis, SLOW magazine, August 2015

Art Talk: Getting into Scrap- Andrea Nagel, Times Newspaper, February 2015


2015 Business and Arts South Africa Support grant recipient 

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In other news

Alongside Strauss & Co Auctioneers and artist William Kentrige, Benon co-sponsored the “2015 Rheinold Cassirer Award” and served on a panel of Judges for the award. He was one of the four hot talents to make the Talks programme “#UNPLUGGED”at TAF 2015.

He was the Opening guest speaker at the Inauguration of the Children’s gallery in Cape Town; a world’s first…where the Cape Town town Mayor was a guest of honor alongside a list of other notable art patrons and business people. In addition to the Bag Factory, Benon also joined the creative community at August House in 2015..more


Happy holidays and a fabulous 2016!

I thank you AGAIN for the amazing support!