"Over the past 10 years, I have built up a forest of symbols - my own alphabet of awkward scrawls that spawn off each other."
Paul du Toit is a South African artist who has carved a unique niche in the international arena. Beyond being able to access and be exhibited globally, du Toit has simultaneously continued to create a very personal form of art that has not adjusted itself to the demands of a commercial art market. Du Toit's art is his own; a linear, phantasmic world that he has created from his mind and experiences.
Among the many awards he has received is a medal from the city of Florence in the Biennale Internationale Dell'arte Contemporanea. He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Sculpture Award of 2002. He has worked with former president Nelson Mandela on several occasions and international musicians on the 46664 campaign and the establishment of Mandela Day. In 2012 he collaborated with another Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to create a handmade illustrated artist book in New York benefitting The Lunchbox Fund. In 2013 Paul received a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.