Fuzion Art & Design
We are an upmarket, professional art and design studio directed and managed by Don Pillay and based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
We offer a wide variety of art and design services. These range from graphic design services for corporate identity to hands-on artwork, including sandblasted glass art and wall murals. You will find a comprehensive gallery of completed projects on our portfolio page.
The Early Years
After matriculating from M.L. Sultan Secondary School with exemption in 1985, Don chose to pursue a tertiary education in Architectural Engineering and Model Making. His direction changed shortly after when he decided to actively follow his passion for art.
The Good Ol’ Days
In 1989 he began visually marketing and promoting sales for Spar. For five years he did that until S.A. Breweries noticed and requested his skills. He then started promoting their products while creating brand awareness through visual art.
In 1997 he got the attention of another brewing company. This time it was Maluti Mountain Breweries in Lesotho who hired him to advertise and take charge of all the sign writing work they required.
After a short time with MMB Lesotho, Don decided that he could use his skills to run his own business. In 1998 he went freelance and started a small business called De-Signs. His services comprised of interior decorating, sign writing, commercial art, advertising, graphic design and marketing.
Next Plane to London
Don moved to the UK in 2003 and began work for IBL (International Brands Limited) and ICE Action. They commissioned him to design and display material and product point of sale, promote, display and merchandise a range of international wines throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and co-ordinate special events to promote product awareness.
Upon his return to South Africa in 2006, ADD Incorporated seized the opportunity to appoint Don as director. They sought someone with a combination of unique vision and skills. His time with them involved interior decoration, designing and manufacturing of exclusive furniture for homes and offices, sandblasting, branding of corporate company logos, spray painting and airbrushing of furniture and vehicles.
In almost three short years of running his own business, Don took on the position of director for Signs Unlimited/Impact Custom Graphics. This made it possible to earn a higher income which he couldn’t refuse and commenced working with the company to pioneer new and advanced techniques in the art of sandblasting, stained glass effects and 3 dimensional signage.
Finally, in 2011 Don decided that the time had come for him to take everything he had learnt about art, business and the various industries he’d been involved in and start Fuzion Art & Design, confidently and consistently delivering art and design services of the highest standards.
Daymed Medical Centre Pietermaritzburg
The artwork, design, signage and innovative use of paint has been rated by a prominent paint company as the best usage of pioneering paint techniques. By extensive usage of wall murals, it has has created an atmosphere of total illusion.
International Wine Festival (U.K.)
Winner of Best Decorated Stand in its category.
Rated by sign writing companies in Pietermaritzburg as the most innovative and creative airbrush artist.
Design and manufacture of sandblasted glass and mirror trophies for Miss India South Africa, Miss India World and the IPL. Don was commissioned to sandblast portraits of Nelson Mandela, Bheki Cele, Sbu Ndebele and various dignitaries and visiting celebrities.