Malcolm Payne joined the staff of the Michaelis School of Art in 1989. He lectured in Painting and Videography. He took early retirement in 2009 and left the school as an Emeritus Professor of the University. He completed undergraduate studies for the National Teachers Diploma in Fine Art at the Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education, now the Tshwane University of Technology. He completed postgraduate studies at the St. Martins School of Art in London (Certificate of Advanced Studies) and MFA with distinction at the University of Cape Town. He works in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.