Fanie Buys was born in Gansbaai in 1993. He attended the Michaelis School of Fine Art, graduating with a distinction in Studiowork in 2016. Buys was a co-recipient of the Judy Steinberg Award for Painting and the Simon Gerson Award for an exceptional body of work.  Buys received training in printmaking, but now works primarily with oil painting. His paintings explore how the human body gets represented in various types of media, such as paparazzi photos, lost family picture albums, screenshots, etc. By depicting these types of images in oil paintings, Buys attempts to capture personal experiences and provide the viewer with a glance into the subject’s experience. 

Fanie Buys's figurative painting practice is constrcted through an immersive interest in pop culture and media imagery. Born in Gansbaai/Hermanus in 1993, Buys graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2016 and had his first solo exhibition at 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.  His paintings are augmented by a witty, tender commentary on the people and places he encounters in his daily life and on film and social media screens.