SHANI ZOR KREBS "COLOURFUL LION"

Medium : Acrylic on canvas
Size : 800mm (width) X 800mm (height) (unframed)
Price : POA

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SENTENCED to death for drug trafficking at the age of 34 in Thailand

Here he evolved spiritually, rehabilitated himself and developed his artistic skills that surpassed his wildest dreams. His state of mind fluctuated between periods of deep, dark depression to the point of almost wanting to commit suicide.

with his sentence commuted to life imprisonment (equivalent to 100 years) in return for a guilty plea, Shani Krebs’ story and how his art evolved is truly inspiring.

He was finally released and returned to South Africa after 18 years of being incarcerated in five different prisons where he was subjected to the most horrendous and dehumanising conditions imaginable.

Having no art materials Shani initially designed and fashioned his own paintbrushes

by cutting the bristles from a toothbrush and attaching them to a bamboo stick. He then diluted coffee and made birthday greeting cards for other  prisoners.

Today Shani is drug-free for 23 years. It took real determination to get clean while in prison as drugs were readily available.

In the early years his creations were only drawn in black ballpoint pen, the colour black symbolising his oppression and confinement.

His medium of preference is Acrylic on Canvas

Besides his completed works, Shani’s art is now in great demand and is being commissioned by people from all over South Africa and abroad, to complete specific works using the same skills and techniques which he developed in prison.

Artist, poet, motivational speaker and author – Shani published his autobiography in 2014 entitled Dragons and Butterflies.

Having no art materials Shani initially designed and fashioned his own paintbrushes by cutting the bristles from a toothbrush and attaching them to a bamboo stick. He then diluted coffee and made birthday greeting cards for other prisoners.

SHANI ZOR KREBS

For Shani art has been a lifeline and a form of therapy through and through. Shani said that he has no regrets, that he is grateful for every part of his journey, and adds that he was more of a prisoner as a drug addict than he ever was when incarcerated.​

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