John Baloyi was born in 1964 and died in 2006. His career as a carver started in 1973. Baloyi got his inspiration and support from his grandfather, who crafted traditional chairs and coffins. Although Baloyi had to leave school at the end of Grade 11, he continued to be a carver, while earning an income working as a miner.  Baloyi was also skilled as a pot-maker, weaver and puppetmaker.  

Baloyi explored various themes throughout his works, including Biblical themes, as well as the depiction of foreign animal species. Through depicting various species, Balyoi believed that he was adding to the education and development of children living in rural areas.

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