Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Janis Munnich - visual artist
I am originally Cape Town born but I was raised in Yeoville, Johannesburg. My love for art started at a young age when my friends and I started drawing cartoons and having small contests to see who was best. I then learnt about a range of different artists and I felt inspired enough to pursue my new love by applying to The National School of the Arts. I completed grades 8-10 there, learning techniques in sculpture, drawing, painting, print-making, ceramics, jewellery design, photography and different design mediums.
At the end of 2008 my family and I moved to Cape Town where I was unable to attend a specialised art school as I had done in Jo'burg. To make up for this I started attending Frank Joubert Art Centre to do visual art as an 8th subject.
Art has always been part of my life and I've always been known as the "artist" or the "oddball" in the family and renowned for noticing the strangest of things.
My family have always done their utmost to support me and usually that's just giving me space, peace, making me endless cups of coffee and giving me words of motivation at early hours of the morning to keep me going. Friends and other young aspiring artists have also been a huge help to my development as an artist because they are always there to give me criticism or help develop a concept when I need it.
The people who surround me - other artists, musicians, writers, poets and my amazing friends- as well as the artistic environments I've always been in have made me who I am and by default have shaped my art.