Mokoena Mositi / $kyline

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Mokoena Mositi, also known as $kyline (b. 2001) is a multifaceted visual artist, portraitist, and fashion designer from the icy town of Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State, South Africa.

$kyline’s obsession with fashion has led him to create artworks that investigate contemporary fashion culture and the issues associated with it such as consumerism, materialism, and identity. He predominantly works with textiles, fabrics, embroidery, and quilting. He is inspired by artists and designers like Ian Connor, Junya Watanabe, Bisa Butler, A$AP Nast, Jeremy Scott, Louis de Villiers, and Wanda Lephoto.

He aims to change people’s perception of fashion trends that are ostracized from the norm of society and seen as peculiar, while also informing people who may not know a lot about fashion culture.

In 2022 he was chosen as part of the Top 24 finalist exhibition for the New Breed Art Competition. In 2023 he was also selected as a Top 250 finalist for the prestigious Sanlam Portrait Award hosted Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Cape Town. He also forms part of the top 100 Sasol New Signatures exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum for 2023.