Also known as I.J.B., Itumeleng, born on December 26, 1998, grew up in southern Africa in a country called Botswana in an urban area called Gabarone. As a young boy, he realized that his artwork was comparatively very good amongst his peers, and that was when he realized something special about himself; his art “always made a spark when it met the eye of the viewer.” As a young boy, he realized that his artwork was comparatively very good amongst his peers, and that was when he realized something special about himself; his art “always made a spark when it met the eye of the viewer.”
I.J.B. attended school in Ithuteng Primary School, Bokamoso Secondary School, and Naledi Senior Secondary School. He never got formal training in the arts, other than from his mentors. He is mostly a self-taught artist, a
“special gift from God”.
Member of Thapong Visual Art Centre: 2017 to present
Art Fair (Botswana National Youth Council): 2014 to 2016
Thapong Members Exhibition: 2017 to present
Thapong Solo Exhibition: 2017 to present
Thapong Artist Year Awards: 2017
Presidents’ Day Competition: 2018
Best in Art (as a student): 2014 to 2016
Art Fair (BNYC) National: 2014, 2nd place
Best in Painting (as a student): was crowned the winner
“2017 was a year of hardship and struggle because none of my works were being purchased by so producing with nothing coming back and due to God’s helping hand, He helped me through my Grandparents; they’d help give me some cash to buy paint, brushes, and canvases. Just when I thought it wouldn’t get worse, my great-grandmother passed during that same year.
On November 23, 2017, a competition came up called “Thapong Artist Year Awards.” I was in agonizing pain so I had to go through therapy, and my therapy was painting, so I grieved my great-grandmother’s passing by painting a painting related to her called “The Memories”, which is one of my personal favorites. It did not grant me victory, but still, I never gave up.”
My Grandparents are my true role models, as well as a famous artist, believed to be a messenger of God through her art, Akiane Kramarik from the USA.
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