Dada Khanyisa was born in 1991 in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal. In 2016 he completed a BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
Bambi’phone, the first solo exhibition by the artist, took place at Stevenson in Cape Town in 2018. He has participated in group shows including 9 More Weeks and Both, and at Stevenson, Johannesburg (2018); A Painting Today at Stevenson, Cape Town (2017) among others at galleries across the country. In 2017, he was commissioned to produce a 35-metre mural painting at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as a way to give the historic site contemporary appeal.
Khanyisa won the Simon Gerson Prize at UCT in 2016. As a merit winner at the SA Taxi Art Awards in 2015, his work featured on 10 taxis traversing the main roads of South Africa. He participated in a Fountainhead residency in 2018.