Benjamin Mitchley

Benjamin Mitchley

Benjamin Mitchley is a South African fine artist, born on 1 January 1967. He studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology.

He is a full-time freelance fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator, 2D digital animator, poet and writer. Since 2003 he exhibited his work in South Africa, and internationally with an art exhibition in Munich and Hof, in Germany during 2005 and 2006. He gained support from several art collectors in Europe, America and South Africa. From 2004 through to 2016 he furthered his scenic experience while working in Dubai and South Africa on several industrial, film and television scenic art projects.

Since 2010, as a self-taught animator, he received recognition for a short film created for a South African Broadcast Corporation documentary and animation collaboration projects for corporation info-graphics. In 2013 he received a first-place award for a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute. Poetry and writing developed from his fine art, illustration and animation creations, in the form of comic books, animated poems and an illustrated poetry eBook.

In 2019 with the introduction of augmented reality to his artwork linked to the Artivive App, this medium has taken him on a new journey with exhibition invitations to showcase these Artivive artworks as well as workshops on creating augmented reality artworks for the Artivive App. It has allowed his participation in the 5th Ranetas VR Fest in Alcaniz, Spain and Comic Con Africa and collaboration projects with Artivive.

In 2020 his artwork was chosen as one of 10 submissions for the UN & Artivive Augmented Reality Peace Poster design to be exhibited at the UN secretariat building in New York. His search for new ideas and experimentation with new techniques, styles and media is ongoing.