My nameis Mar n Whitebooi, I’m a Cape Town based Visual Artist living inMitchell’s Plain. I specialise in Graffi , Illustra on, Portraits, Print- andGraphic Design and Sign Wri ng.

Istarted sketching since the age of four, and since Primary School I discoveredthat I had a natural talent with regards to art. Doing cartoons and portraitssince Secondary School and later Graffi (considering that Westridge,where I live, was seen as the Graffi Mecca of South Africa.)

Sincedoing Graffi I started gaining interest in the poli cal and socio-economicviews of the people I’ve met through pain ng, which led to expanding my viewsand seeking further Educa on to advance the quality of my art (beyond justbeing graffi ). I did a few courses, Studying 2D Anima on, GraphicDesign for print at Concept Interac ve, assisted with a leadershipprogramme with the Cape Town Jazz Fes val, Independent CommunityUpli ment programmes with local artists, worked as a Designer doingSignage at Ukwenza Designs, Painted the Art Galleries; Youngblood (BreeStreet) and The Pop Up Gallery (Woodstock), 2 Exhibi ons with Prefix66, Dfeat, MissAnke, BobD called Paradox, and Printer andDesigner as well as Produc on Management at an Independent ClothingLabel ( but le to pursue my own interests).

I’mcurrently busy learning to further anima on, film edi ng and Web Design,to explore different areas of design that I have not yet mastered. My greatestfocus is on the art itself and encouraging the younger genera on to takeinterest in what they do – whether it’s art or not, to stay focussed and workhard to achieve their goals.

My moo: Don’t waste precious me, if you’re not willing to give it your all!