Buhle Nkalashe is an independent, full-time visual artist from Khayelitsha who will be holding his second solo exhibition, Re-Awakening, at the Youngblood-Africa Gallery on Bree Street, Cape Town, from Thursday 5 December 2019 to mid-January 2020.
Born in 1994 in Cape Town, Nkalashe is best known for his contemporary portraiture and abstract paintings.
Nkalashe has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg with his first solo exhibition, The New African, held at the Youngblood Beautiful Life Building in Cape Town.
2019 has been a very quiet year as the artist works behind closed doors, preparing for his second solo exhibition.
After being a graphic designer for nearly two years he decided to pursue his passion as a full-time visual artist at the end of April 2019.
Inspired and liberated by his ‘spirit angel’, Nkalashe took a leap of faith and tackled a new project for his upcoming solo exhibition titled Re-Awakening, realising that his gift as a visual artist can influence his generation. He says, ‘I want my art to form a seed in the heart of the viewer, a seed which will manifest a treasure of possibilities, and another way the viewer can look at him/herself.’
Since The New African exhibition, Nkalashe has received various commissions and taken part in a number of group shows. He has also been part of RMB The Turbine Art Fair, which took place in July 2019. The exposure at Youngblood helped him connect and meet with various collectors and established artists.
The New African was such a major success that the curators at Youngblood (Wongalethu Bushu and Ina Wichterich) have offered Nkalashe another opportunity to exhibit at the gallery in December 2019. In this coming solo show, Nkalashe will explore his creative mind and how he has reconnected with his inner child and been liberated by it. The artworks explore how he sees the world and the possibilities that come with it.
Nkalashe believes that we should listen and bring to life what is blessed upon us and not allow ourselves to be trapped by the rules and expectations of others, rather that we should set our own limits and aspire to be more.
Nkalashe plans to do another solo exhibition in Johannesburg and one abroad, to take this vision all over the world, as, he says, it tells a story from a creative African mindset, which expresses positive and beautiful ideas.