Residing in greater Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, South Africa. Loyiso Qanya graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2005. He has since been active in the arts education in 1999, where he facilitated art classes at the former Community Arts Project (CAP), Jame’s House Children’s Home in 2001, and Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in 2005. He participated in various workshops including Tupelo International Workshops, both in 2005 and 2007, Curator’s Workshop in 2006 and Critical Writing Workshop in 2008. He was appointed as the Trainee Curator of Contemporary Art at Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) in 2006/7, where he co-curated ‘Imbacu: Art from the Inside/Outside’ which opened on the 14th of May 2007. http://www.iziko.org.za/sang/exhib/2007/imbacu.html
Qanya is a member of Visual Arts Network of South Africa, Western Cape (VANSA WC) where he served as a founding board member, and has also served in the Selection Committee of Association for Visual Arts (AVA).
Recently, Loyiso Qanya, curated ‘Umahluko’ for the CAPE 09 biennale, where worked with a group of artists from South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Mozambique respectively. During this period he steadily developed a network database of role player in the filed, and he continues to be active in the arts as a curator, artist and a consultant.