Kevin Michael Collins was born in August 1957, Schooled in Pretoria and studied Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town from 1976 under Stanley Pinker and Cecil Skotness. Majoring in painting. Taught drawing at CAP (Community Art Project in Mowbrey and Langa) and engaged in a number of group exhibitions.
Won a coveted Young Artist award in 1982, but stopped painting soon after conscription into the South African Airforce to do two years of National Service. Completed officers course as a Lieutenant and received a Commendation from the Surgeon General for the restoration of a series of Boer War field hospital photographs which now hang in the Military Hospital in Pretoria.
Worked as an Art director and Creative director in numerous Ad-agencies in Johannesburg from 1984. Directed a number of commercials and documentaries and participated in developmental film projects such as Quickies 2003 for the SABC3. Has taught conceptual and creative development at a community centers and university's across South Africa. Written and illustrated a set of children's books which have been published in 5 languages for young readers across the continent of Africa.
He has enjoyed traveling extensively with an ongoing fascination for 'primitive' art in varied cultures. Currently living and working in Johannesburg. He teaches creative communication at Vega - the brand communication school.
Finally Kevin returned to painting with oil on canvas, as medium of expression in 2003 after a severe illness.
Has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and a very successful one person show last year 2004 titled 'Taxonomy of non-endangered species"
His work in a number of private collection around the world from Sydney, London, Nigeria to Los Angeles. A number of corporate (MNET, Multichoice, Kurland ) and university (UCT and Stellenbosch) collections in South Africa house more recent works.
Currently is the head of undergraduate studies at Vega - the brand communication school and is engaged in research towards a masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.