Pebofatso Mokoena was born in Alberton in August 1993 – 8 months before South Africa’s first democratic elections and 14 years before YouTube was introduced to the world. Pebofatso completed his high school career at Bracken High School in 2011 acquiring both a distinction in Visual Art and the Design School Art Trophy. In 2014. He completed his NDip (Visual Art) at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from working towards his BTech qualification, Pebo works as an artistic mechanic on the Johannesburg art circuit.
Dealing with issues surrounding technology, family and communication; working mainly as a printmaker, Mokoena has participated in a number of competitions and curated exhibitions including Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Diptych, That Art Fair 2015, Fresh Produce in 2014, Inner Nature in Cape Town, Fortunes Remixed, and South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers in Washington DC.
At the tender age of 22, Pebofatso’s work lies in the Springs Art Library Collection, the South African Embassy Art Collection (in Washington, D.C.), the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington DC, and other private collections.
Pebofatso’s diverse artistic practices are formed by a range of ideas and deep feelings with regard to being young. From depression, psychological issues surrounding mass-incidents, family loss and loss of communication. - to the psychological experiences of using digital technologies to communicate with ourselves and each other.
Having suffered from depression while in high school, coupled with the deep loss of his grandmother when in grade 8, the artist’s deep-rooted personal loss is reflected in his drawing and prints. Pebofatso uses art to let go of these traumas, thus reminding others of the importance of family relationships.