Joshua Miles was born in Ceres in the Western Cape in 1967. After early schooling in Swellendam, he completed high school in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. He then went on to study at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT where he received the Michaelis Prize in his 4th year for best student
His influences in woodcuts started at a young age seeing his aunt Elsa Miles, artist and art historian, doing woodcuts and later studying under Cecil Scotness at UCT. He has also been intrigued by the impressionists style of loose mark making and by the Japanese tradition in woodcuts.
Joshua is one of those rare artists who has managed to make a living solely from his art. He spent many years painting with oils on canvas but his passion has always been with the reduction block woodcuts.
After finishing at UCT Joshua moved to Hermanus where he met his Scottish wife, Angela. He lived in Scotland for two years doing more woodcuts than weeks he spent there. He also spent 3 years living in London painting and spending many hours in galleries and museums.
Joshua settled in the small village of Baardskeerdersbos in 2004 just after his son Fred was born. This rural settlement of B/bos, for those in the know,is located 15km inland from Pearly Beach in the Overstrand region of the western Cape. If you simply drive through B/bos you would be forgiven for thinking that nothing happens there.
He moved there to enjoy the peace and quiet of this small community of mainly artists who, together started the popular “B/bos Art Route”
He chose this area to be close to the sea but just far enough inland to have great soil for his other passion, his garden , where he and his family spend many hours working together .