Laing was born in Pretoria in 1990 and obtained a BA Fine Art from the University of Pretoria in 2012. After completing his studies, he spent 2 months in residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and on returning to SA moved to Johannesburg to join the team at Workhorse Bronze Foundry in Marshalltown. Almost two years later, with the skills learned from making sculptures for artists including William Kentridge, Wilma Cruise and Senzo Shabangu, Laing moved into an extended residency at the Nirox Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, where he was the studio manager for two years, working with international and local residents of the sculpture park, and producing his own art. From January 2017 Laing has been making sculptures in his studio at Angus Taylor’s Dionysus Sculpture Works in Pretoria.

Laing regularly participates in exhibitions around South Africa. He has work in the Wits Art Museum collection, in a number of prominent private collections, and has completed several corporate sculptural commissions. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Laing was selected for the top 100 exhibition of the Barclays l’Atelier competition, and he was awarded the new media prize at the Thami Mnyele fine art competition in 2012.

In his work Laing explores how narrative, play and fantasy are able to impact his reality, especially pertaining to issues that seem to have no logical solution. He works in an absurdist mode, incorporating a modern machine aesthetic into his work alongside ‘primitive’ forms. Using fine wood-working techniques Laing constructs ‘machines’ from a combination of indigenous and exotic woods alongside materials and found objects chosen for their aesthetic, practical and sensual appeal. Laing often makes use of performance, installation and video art to take his sculptures into the public realm, encouraging interactivity and dialogue.

Laing is a director of Found Collective, an NPO focussed on up-lifting Tshwane-based artists by creating opportunities for creative individuals in the region. Found Collective was launched in 2016 and has curated pop-up art exhibitions in Pretoria, Johannesburg and at the Aardklop National Arts Festival in 2017, where they received the award for the best Visual Arts presentation. Laing is currently enrolled in an MTech Fine Art program at the University of Johannesburg, set to be completed in 2018.