Callan Grecia was born in Durban, South Africa and currently lives and works in George, South Africa. In 2017 he completed his MFA in painting at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His artistic style is a synthesis of old and new, simultaneously taking visual cues from television and cubism, online visual culture and the sentimental styles of comic book and outsider artists in the 1990s. Rather than attempting to justify the continued relevance of painting, Grecia is preoccupied with explorations of ‘bad’ painting, using its associative power to seduce the audience through a globalised, millennial nostalgia. Though Grecia is represented by SMAC he has not had major exhibitions outside of the gallery.