Joyce Ntobe was born in 1991 out of frustration with increasingly prevalent  affirmative action. Beezy Bailey submitted two artworks for a triennial exhibition. One was with the traditional Beezy Bailey signature, which was rejected and the other signed Joyce Ntobe. The latter now resides in the South African National Gallery as part of its permanent collection. When the curator of the Gallery wanted to work on a paper about three black women artists, Joyce Ntobe being one, Bailey revealed the truth, causing a media scandal.

Beezy Bailey was born on 21 July 1962, in Johannesburg. He is a South African artist who works in various media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. He has been a full-time artist for 30 years, with over 20 one-man shows in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as numerous group shows around the world. He received a fine art degree from Byam Shaw School of Art in London in 1986, after studying life drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture.

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