Named as one of SAATCHI Art's 2020 Rising Stars - 35 Under 35, Buhle Nkalashe is an emerging artist that reflects on how culture influences a society.
Nkalashe is known for his contemporary artworks executed through large canvases. His work mainly consists of portraiture and abstract paintings which are made from a mixture of mediums (charcoal, acrylic paint, oil paint and oil pastels).
Fascinated by the idea of how patterns and colour can be a symbol of identity, Buhle’s art documents how African contemporary culture has evolved over the years to proudly incorporate traditional symbols that speak of its heritage.
His current work can be described as an exploration of how he sees the world and possibilities that come with it. Nkalashe has reconnected with his inner child and has been liberated by it. In this body of work, the artist shares memories and creativity he had when he was a child. He believes that by projecting the voice of his soul in these artworks, he can encourage others to walk in the journey very few do.
Achievements and Associations:
2020 Group Exhibition. New Collection 29 June – Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art Online
2020 Art Fair. AT THE ART FAIR. Outdoor art display, Greenpoint – Brooklyn, NYC (30 April – 3 MAY).
2020 Group Exhibition. Highlights From The Future, Lizamore and Associates, SA
2020 Art Fair. Latitude Art Fair. ODA Gallery Franschhoek, Online (29 June).
2020 Solo Exhibition. UNKNOWN, Gallery 2, Johannesburg, SA
2019 Group Exhibition. Re-Emerge, Turbine Art Fair, Red Room Gallery, SA
2019 Solo Exhibition. REAWAKENING, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2018 Solo Exhibition. THE NEW AFRICAN, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2017 Group Exhibition. Naked Art, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2017 Group Exhibition. Sanlam Portrait 100, University of Cape Town and Rust en Vrede Gallery, SA
2017 Group Exhibition. Chardonnay Deli, Cape Town, SA
(To List A Few)
Mixed mediums on canvas 97.5 x 89 cm 2020 .
Mixed medium on Canvas 150 x 150 cm 2020
Mixed medium on Canvas 110 x 110 cm 2019
Mixed Medium on Canvas 136 x 196 cm 2018