When Art Becomes Your Life...
True Love|September 2020
Fhatuwani Mukheli loves nothing more than transporting you to his creative world. The co-founder and director of I See ADifferent You tells us why he uses art to narrate his own story
Katidi Jane

“My business partners Vuyo Mpanthsa, Neo Mashigo and I established I See A Different You in 2011 because we were tired of people, especially the media, narrating a black story or telling us as black people how were.

Not only is the business a creative agency, but it is also a production house that focuses on content creation such as film and photography. Through this platform, we wanted to change the perception of outside people about our lives, especially Soweto, where we grew up. I am still part of I See A Different You as the co-founder and director. It started as a photography blog. The meaning behind the name is that since we all know that there are always negative connotations about people or townships, and everything around us, we wanted to change that perception; we see a different and positive side to people and things.

I have always been an artist.

I discovered my talent and love for fine art when I was seven years old. However, I didn’t take it too seriously throughout my upbringing, but I used it partially when I began my career in advertising as an art director, and when establishing our platform.

It was Neo, Vuyo, and my twin brother Rendani, who have always pushed and encouraged me to take art seriously as they believed was talented.

Since I didn’t believe in myself I pushed it to the back of my head. This was until August 2019when I stopped uploading pictures of myself on Instagram as I felt that my feed was becoming monotonous. I challenged myself to paint on canvases and draw on paper, which I uploaded online. I only took fine art seriously earlier this year, during lockdown when I was tired of being home 24/7, and started fuelling my creative juices on paper.

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