The 10th FNB Joburg Art Fair taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 8 to 10 September, was truly an international affair.

"I think a lot of people are not aware that we bring together more than 12 nations from the continent, the United States and Europe," said the director of the fair, Mandla Sibeko.

"We have over 60 exhibitors that are here and over 600 exhibitions showing works from around the continent and around the world."

Over the years, the FNB Art Prize has not only celebrated the work of shining South African artists, but has also been awarded to ground-breaking artists from around the African continent. This has allowed both the fair and the FNB Art Prize to enhance a creative dialogue within the growing contemporary African art markets. This continental-wide focus continues to guide the underlying principle of both the FNB Art Prize and the FNB JoburgArtFair. The 2017 FNB Art Prize winner is Peju Alatise.

Alatise has had several solo exhibitions and her works are in private and institutional collections around the world. She represented Nigeria at the 57th Venice Biennale.

As a winner of the FNB Art Prize, Alatise joins a prestigious list of winners since the launch of the FNB Art Prize in 2011. The FNB Art Prize has since become one of the coveted visual art prizes on the African continent. The winning artist receives a cash prize as well as an opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space at the FNB JoburgArtFair. V Sources: www.enca.com and www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za