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Miles

Miles

Cuan MILES has been drawing for as long as he remembers. Trained as a graphic designer, his first job was as a layout assistant at Perskor in Johannesburg, where he came into contact with leading editorial cartoonists Lou Henning and Len Lindeque.

After time in the graphic design industry, Cuan spent many years as a design lecturer at Buffalo City's Further Education and Training College. In 2001, while there, he was invited to submit a design the Buffalo City crest, and his design was eventually chosen above over 50 other submissions.

In 2006 an opportunity appeared for him to fulfil a lifelong dream – to draw pictures for a living, which he now does under the pen-name MILES for the Daily Dispatch.

Cuan's sharp wit and refined style - influenced by great British cartoonists Giles and Mack - was one of the great discoveries of the editors of the book "Don't Joke!" which gathered together cartoons from South Africa's top cartoonists in 2009. Now, at last, his talents can be shared with readers outside of his Eastern Cape enclave where he lives with his life partner, renowned fine art photographer Marlene Neumann.

In 2010 Cuan's work was once again included in the annual of SA's best cartoons (entitled 'Just for Kicks!).

Miles has won provincial awards for his cartoons and been a finalist in the national Mondi Shanduka (2009), the Vodacom Journalist of the Year (2011) and the Standard Bank Sikuvile (2012) awards.

In 2014 his work received the recognition it deserved when Miles won the coveted Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award (Editorial Cartoons Category) for his cartoon 'Swing Shift'.

Miles draws editorial cartoons every day for 'The Daily Dispatch' in East London, where legendary cartoonist DON Kenyon once challenged the might of the apartheid regime. Today Miles takes on the inadequacies of the new dispensation, with a style that has been likened to that of the great cartoonist that first influenced him; Giles - but with a distinctive South African flavour to it.

Miles loves drawing. In his free time he also likes to "create collage, collect ephemera and all sorts of interesting but valueless stuff", but wishes that he could have more time to go to the beach!

Cartoons by Miles

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