Khayalethu Mtshali, known also as Khaya, is an artist, animator and teacher. He was born in Ga-Rankuwa near Tshwane, South Africa, and has lived there most of his life. As of 2010 he has lived in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where he teaches Graphic Design and Multimedia at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. His interest in the animated genre was first sparked by the foreign-translated TV shows and cartoons that he loved so much as a child growing up.
At the age of nine, Khaya decided he would try his hand at drawing his own cartoons – and after watching the movie ‘Spirited Away’ in 2004 he realised he wanted to make a career out this form of expression.
Khaya’s work experiments with a number of different illustrative styles and techniques developed through his life thus far. He enjoys making images to reach people in various ways and feels it can be used to share knowledge and cultivate a positive spirit among people.