Buhle Nkalashe

Named as one of 2020s Rising Stars (35 Under 35) by SAATCHI Art's Chief Curator,  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.


The vision for Authentic is about appreciating and depicting the growth of young African entrepreneurs and creatives. The healing and change of the old colonised African mindset is what drives Nkalashe to paint and be inspired by the youth of today.

Nkalashe feels that it is important to document the positive current times and hopefully to instill a beautiful creative mindset to those who are lost within the structures and expectations of society. Nkalashe believes this will allow the viewer to be encouraged and to look internally to find their purpose. In order to bring positivity to the world through areas of art, design, music and soul, the work encourages you to create your own style, movement, rhythm or passion.


Sounds of the Heartbeat.2019 72 x 92cm Oil paint, acrylic paint, charcoal, oil pastels on canvas.

SOLD - Bulawayo born activist

Mixed mediums on canvas 97.5 x 89 cm 2020 SOLD

Long-sighted.2021 70 x 77cm. Oil pastels acrylic paint, oil paint on canvas SOLD

Independence.2021 85 x 85cm. Oil pastels acrylic paint, oil paint on canvas SOLD

Buhle Nkalashe Profile

Achievements and Associations:

Group Exhibition

2021 Afrinova - New Africa Exhibition. Basel, Switzerland

2021 Dopamine, World Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2021 Commissioned Artwork – National Museum Collection, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


2021 Zanele Muholi Residency. Johannesburg, SA (March).

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 Commissioned Artwork for Credo – Johnson & Johnson, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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)

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