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Portrait commissions


Canvas portrait art in Lioda Conrad's South African studio

Select your reference photos or create a new selfie, then chat with South African artist Lioda Conrad to discuss portrait ideas (Contact Lioda Conrad via email: or Phone: +27 72 460 3222 ). Find Lioda Conrad on Facebook here.

Lioda Conrad, woman with baby

Do you want her to create your portrait painting on canvas or paper? Decide on the materials and size for the finished portrait art during your consultation with the artist.

Provide your reference photo or photos to the artist so she can get to work and she will send you a work-in-progress photo!

Portraits Africa–based in Amsterdam, Netherlands–holds your international currency payment until the portrait is complete and delivered to you. Only then is the money is paid to artist. Contact Portraits Africa via email: -or- by telephone: +31 20 672 78 06

Lioda Conrad portrait painting in progress

While a portrait drawing on paper may require less time to complete, a painting on canvas will take more time. If you have an anniversary, birthday, or other date you’d like to receive the completed work, just let the artist know.

Final photos are sent to you for approval. The artist Lioda Conrad packages and ships the finished portrait to you.

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Lioda Conrad, Duality of Color

Community amongst Artists


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“Guess who bought one of my works in The African Crysalists series. The very gracious man himself Benon Lutaaya! Thank you and it was a pleasure to have created this work Benon reigns in Africa. He embodies all that is true ideology within art. Benon, a Great day spent with you exchanging passion of art, thoughts and laughter,” Lioda Conrad shared these thoughts and feelings recently on her Facebook page and tweeted them from her Twitter account.

Lioda is pleased and touched by Benon’s wonderful support of her as a fellow artist. Lioda said of the transaction and sale of her portrait painting (image below) to artist and subject Benon Lutaaya–“He said he wanted to buy it because it was stunning, but also because I had something more to convey thru my art and convey an important message about Africa and the beauty of its people.”

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I’d gotten to know about Lioda Conrad’s portrait series via Dr. Keith McFarlane’s Portraits Africa here and when I featured her paintings in my Xposy magazine article Lioda Conrad’s Portraits of Contemporary African Artists.

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I just really love his eclectic use of found objects and almost silly, whimsical yet enormously interesting Steampunk type designs. His face was one of those I knew I just had to express myself in, to show the beauty, strength and simplicity of idea withmaximal impact,” says South African painter Lioda Conrad about artist Cyrus Nganga Kabiru and her portrait paintings of him that include his unusual eyewear.

Lioda Conrad's portrait of Kenyan artist Cyrus and his eclectic eyewear
Lioda Conrad’s portrait of Kenyan artist Cyrus and his eclectic eyewear

“It’s with Kenyan artist Cyrus that I started with the idea of a collection of African artistswho are shaping the future of Africa as an emerging artistic force du jour. I am currently in search of more inspiring African artists to add to my portraiture, which is an exhibition I am working towards next year. 

Cyrus gave Africa Glasses, Lioda Conrad
Cyrus gave Africa Glasses, Lioda Conrad

“I choose every face I do very carefully,” Lioda says. “I know immediately when I look at a face that it is one I want to bring to life and express myself with. I paint what feels right. I want to highlight not only the “unknown Africa” via my realistic haunting African faces,” another style of portraiture she works in, “but also the people who are trying as hard as I do to make a difference and create beauty in the world and who’s ideology align with mine, that art, beauty and the pursuit thereof is important and life affirming.”    

Portrait of Chellah Tukuta Rancen Zambian Fashion Photographer busy with cross over Fashion Photography. Available Oil on Canvas  75x60cm
Portrait of Chellah Tukuta Rancen Zambian Fashion Photographer busy with cross over Fashion Photography. Available
Oil on Canvas

Another subject of her expressionistic portrait series, Chellah Tukuta Rancen, is a photographer based in Zambia. Lioda Conrad describes him as “an interesting person passionate about his work, that crosses over from fashion photography to artistic photography. His insight into life is both child-like, and wise… He and I have talked and exchanged ideas regarding imagery. We collaborated on the idea of putting his high fashion young models against older, traditionally dressed people to show some of the generational differences and cultural development.”

Zambia photographer Chellah Tukuta Rancen
Zambia photographer Chellah Tukuta Rancen

“Chellah has become a very successfully photographer and has undertaken and created the most beautiful imagery. But all in all, he has the biggest smile, works so hard at what he does and impressed me as someone who should become an “expression” of mine.”

Chiarra fashion photograph combining old and new in many layers
One of Chellah’s fashion photographs combining old and new, presents the fashion of the African fashion designer pair Chisanga and Abigail

Lioda Conrad selected Durban sculptor Nhlakanipho Ndimande as one of her subjects. Pictured below is the sculptor in his studio.

Nhlakanipho Ndimande and his Amazing sculptures
Nhlakanipho Ndimande and his Amazing sculptures

Lioda Conrad says of her process and techniques in creating her portraits of these artists, “I realize one thing and it forms a big part of the work. All of the emerging artists, I call The African Crysalists, I paint each one in a style that is representational of them or their works. As with Chellah, his photography is often in soft diffused light and so his portrait has the same quality to it. Cyrus’ work, his glasses as well as his own face has a very angular and pointed look to it, so the brush strokes of his portraits has sharper, clearer and more angular lines. With the artist Nhlakanipho, his sculptures are often made with a stone compound and are far rougher and heavier in style and feel, thus his portrait is done with broader strokes and more impasto work to it.”  

My stone friend, Portrait of Nhlakanipho Ndimande and his sculpture, Oil on Canvas, 91x61cm Lioda Conrad
My stone friend, Portrait of Nhlakanipho Ndimande and his sculpture, Lioda Conrad

Artist Benon Lutaaya, who is one of Africa’s most publicized and sought after contemporary artists, and recently featured in the ART-MOVIE-BOOK, is the subject of Lioda Conrad’s mixed media portrait on paper.

Artist Benon Lutaaya in his studio
Artist Benon Lutaaya in his studio
Benon Reigns in paper, portrait of  artist Benon Lutaaya,  Oil on Fabriano paper with collage, Lioda Conrad
Benon Reigns in paper, portrait of artist Benon Lutaaya,
Oil on Fabriano paper with collage, Lioda Conrad

If you’d like to find out more about Lioda Conrad and view images of her realistic and expressionistic portraits, you can connect with her

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On Monday evening, 29 February 2016, DignitySA hosts:
 a Prestigious Art + Other Delights Auction and Dinner
at the magnificent One & Only Hotel in Cape Town.
You are cordially invited to be the change you want to see by helping us to make this a spectacular, profitable and newsworthy event, whilst, at the same time, honouring those who suffered needlessly before they died and who continue to inspire us to ensure that we all have choice at end of life.
Donating R1,200 to reserve your place at a table
Donating a work of art to be auctioned
Making a donation to help cover the cost of the event
You honour
Patricia Davison, Craig Schonegevel, Dr Mario Ambrosini, Dr Anrich Burger, Roland Sander, Avron Moss, Robin Stransham-Ford, Justin, Billy and Mary, to name but a few who highlighted the plight of those dying to die whilst, at the same time, helping us to ensure that our ground-breaking victory is upheld in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
In return you will be treated to:
Celebrity entertainment.
Unique artwork on auction.
Gift bags which include a bespoke gift designed by Carrol Boyes.
Watching a Master Auctioneer at work – in all his witty glory.
Meeting and greeting our esteemed guests, Board and legal team.
A delectable three course meal, including wine.
An 18A tax certificate.
A Sneak Peak at the Lots:
The auction will comprise of at least 20 lots. So far the list includes:
An original artwork by the phenomenally talented, Mbongeni Buthelezi, whose work is being exhibited in many corners of the world and is acquiring prestigious acclaim from established galleries. One of his pieces recently sold for over R500,000 at an UK auction.
An original artwork by one of our country’s biggest names in contemporary art, the brilliant JP Meyer.
An original artwork by Jacqueline Jauncey, a relatively unknown artist, but not for long.
An original artwork by the inspiring Alexander “Shani” Krebs, what a life he’s had!
An original artwork by Fine Artist Lioda Conrad who has been described by some SA art masters as “an upcoming “force” with substantial value”.
The original framed and signed cartoon of ‘Tutu & the Euthanasia zealot’ with 20 limited edition prints by the inimitable cartoonists,Dr Jack & Curtis.
Two framed wildlife photo’s by our very own Professor Willem Landman, whose talent for capturing that perfect moment needs to be seen to be believed.
Something extra special by the fabulous designer, Caroll Boyes.
A weekend away for 6 adults at the breathtaking Hollywood Mansion, Camps Bay (subject to booking terms)
Afternoon High tea for 4 at the magnificent One&Only Hotel.
Autograph book signed by all who helped and contributed towards changing the law.
This list is growing daily and will be continually updated.
A donation of R1,200 will secure your place at a table and you can rest assured that the divine food, incredible art, esteemed guests, fabulous entertainment, brilliant auction, Cape wine, delightful gifts and awesome spot prizes will be worth every cent!
Moreover, you’ll be supporting a cause close to your heart and making it possible for us to ensure that you have choice at end of life.
There are only 100 tickets available.
As a token of our appreciation for the “early birds”, the first two tables sold (20 tickets) will receive a 20% discount if paid by 31 October 2015.
Contributing artists also qualify for a 20% discount as a token of our appreciation.
When donating and/or booking your place at a table via the link below, be sure to use the following reference: “Your name – Art – Booking/Donation” in the comments section provided and to record the number of guests.
Please also use this reference when making payment.
We look forward to meeting you!