In 1964 when the mines closed down in Germiston they moved as a family to Carletonville where his father continued his mining career. Solly was two years old at the time. He and his siblings, three sisters and a brother grew up and had their early schooling in this mining town. During the 1976 riots, his father decided that it was safer to further their schooling in Limpopo. This brought Solly closer to natural surroundings and inspired in him a love for art even though he had been drawing from the early age of nine. After matriculating he went on to work at the mines in the Human Resources department. After 22 long years, he left the mining industry and went on to work for a company in Rusternburg. Solly then decided it was time to go full time into his art and has created a great demand for his work.
“I can basically paint anything but my passion lies mostly in painting colourful farm landscapes with beautiful trees, rivers and mountains from all around South Africa. I have never had any formal art training, it is all a gift from God. I am fascinated with and inspired by many of the old South African masters like Adriaan Boshoff, Errol Boyle, Chris Tugwell, George Pemba and Gerard Sekoto. My personal code: Visual art is silent poetry of colours and images.”