Frans Moshimanyana Thoka was born in 1997 in Polokwane, Limpopo province, South Africa. After his birth, his family relocated to a coal town called Lephalale (Ellisras) in Limpopo province. He started school at Nelsonskop Primary School then went to Tielelo Secondary School where he completed his matric. Back in primary school, he used to draw cartoons like any children during that time. He never studied art at school.
After obtaining his martric in 2015, he did not know what to study. He applied to study BCom in Finance in 2017 at the University of Johannesburg. Due to his lack of patience he had, he opted for a late application for the Bachelor of Art in Visual Art and got admitted. After he registered for Visual Art, he got admitted to study BCom in Finance. That’s when he had to weigh his options. “It was a huge and critical moment of my life. But what is life without art.”, said Frans Thoka. However, he regards himself as a self-taught artist even though he is an art student at the University of Johanessburg.
He works from his apartment, University of Johannesburg studios and August House studios in Johannesburg CBD. His works orbit around the concept of ‘what makes humankind human?’ He is known for monochromatic representations on prison blankets which are huge in scale. However, he also works on paper, canvas and does printmaking and sculpture as well.
Ever since then, he exhibits his works in museums and galleries nationally. And some of his works are in prestigious private collections nationally and internationally (Italy). His works got featured in African Politics and Policy international newsletter (Issue 35).
Vodacom Durban July 2019 International Show, Greyville Race Course (Durban), 2019
‘Ke Nako’, AGOG Gallery, 2019
University of Johannesburg’s Best of the Best II, Gerard Sekoto Gallery (Johannesburg), 2019
‘Spring Show’, Gallery at Grande Provence (Cape Town), 2019
Parkview Art Exhibition (Heritage Day), Parkwords- Parkview Literary Festival (Johannesburg), 2019
Art of Dining (Winter Collection), ZIO La Famiglia (Johannesburg), 2019
‘Winter Show’, Gallery at Grande Provence (Cape Town), 2019
Breaking Down Walls, Association of Arts Pretoria (Pretoria), 2019
Limpopo Annual Artist Exhibition, Polokwane Art Museum (Polokwane), 2018
University of Johannesburg’s Best of the Best I, Gerard Sekoto Gallery (Johannesburg), 2018
Sacred Place of Belonging, Gaslamp Gallery, (Johannesburg), 2018
Sasol New Signatures 2018 Finalists, Pretoria Art Museum (Pretoria), 2018
Self’, University of Johannesburg (APB Campus- Johannesburg), 2017