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Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon.
Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career. 
If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject. 
Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning.
After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice!
The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not realizing what the future may hold.
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Li Joshua




“What do you do?” 

I always find myself cringing when the question is directed to me- maybe because I never saw “what I do”, or what I can do as one specific thing. I guess the best answer I could give is…

I create images.

My name is Li Joshua (aka Xylon2000) and I’m a visual artist. Like most creative thrill seekers looking for ‘my next big thing’ I’ve dabbled and experimented in many creative outputs. I began in high school, studying classical music for several years in the hopes of becoming a movie score composer. I moved on to photography at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and eventually settled into the practice of Graphic Design where I majored in editorial publication. In my head, editorial design was the perfect hybrid space to house my passion for photography and my love for graphic design.

In 2015, for my own sanity, I developed my artistic alter ego ‘XYLON’, an alien-like, digital shadow rider forged in the forests of my mind. XYLON allowed me to be brave enough to artistically create without repercussion or fear.

Artistically, I feel my creative identity has organically evolved over time. I channel creative energy to a tactile form, observing, manipulating and applying visual artistry to digital spaces. Influenced by fashion and inspired by people, my visual aesthetic is an imaginative obscurity, which appeals and intrigues our childlike wonder within. I create with the aim of evoking emotion, changing mindsets and ultimately bringing about a sense of change.

Currently I work as a creative director for a Durban based design studio where I get to creatively problem solve daily. I’m also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of an independent magazine for emerging artists called DISPARATE, which keeps me close to the creative pulse of Durban and the amazing creatives who inhabit it. I really like good cups of coffee and I dislike rude people…yeah. 

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