Shakil Solanki (1997) was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, and is currently based in Cape Town, practicing as an artist. Solanki majored in the medium of printmaking during his third and fourth years of study. In both 2018 and 2019, he was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for consistence academic excellence. On completion of his degree in 2019, he was awarded the Simon Gerson Award in recognition of outstanding practical work, and the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award, for excellent achievement in the printmaking medium. Since 2018, he has taken part in several group shows, along with many silkscreen-printing jobs, and a residency at the South Atlantic Press in 2020.