Buhle Nkalashe is a Cape Town based independent artist. Born in 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa’s Western Cape province, Buhle is best known for his contemporary artworks executed through canvases. His work mainly consists of portraiture and abstract paintings.
Buhle has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. His first solo exhibition, THE NEW AFRICAN, was held at the Youngblood Beautiful Life Building in Cape Town.
Buhle’s work is heavily influenced by traditional patterns. He’s observed how they relate and are significant to the positive mindset and identity of young African creatives. His work celebrates the progress and advances made by the young Africans through art, fashion and music. It is also a depiction of how the youth borrow elements from their culture to express their identity through their profession. As his style of painting evolved, so has his medium of expression – namely charcoal, acrylic, oil pastels and oil paintings.
2018 Bachelor of Arts, Communication Design, Cape Town Creative Academy. Cape Town, South Africa.
2016 Graphic Design Certificate, Basics of Graphic Design, Learn to Earn. Cape Town, South Africa.
2017 Sanlam Portrait Top 100, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019 Saatchi Art’s printed catalogue, September Edition
2019 Art comes to life at the RMB Turbine Art Fair, Sandton Chronicle, SA
2019 Re-Emerge – Turbine Art Fair, 2019 Catalogue
2019 Artist to watch: Buhle Nkalashe, Sowetan Live, SA
2018 The New African – Solo exhibition, 2018 Catalogue
2018 The New African – A solo exhibition, Between 10 & 5, SA
2018 Artist paints his way to greatness, Vukani Newspaper, SA
2018 In Conversation with Buhle Nkalashe, ART TIMES Magazine, SA
2016 From Ashes to Art, Creative King Magazine, SA
2019 World Top Emerging Artists – Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art Online
2019 Re-Emerge, Turbine Art Fair, Red Room Gallery, SA
2019 New Collection 10 June – Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art Online
2019 South African Emerging Artists, Saatchi Art Online Campaign
2019 Membership Exhibition, Artb Gallery, Bellville, SA
2019 This is Africa, Kingsbridge Art, Cape Town, Bellville, SA
2019 Africa’s Art Collective Seasons, Julie Miller Institute, SA
2019 Palate, Plate, Palette, Rust en Vrede Gallery, SA
2019 Sub 30, Woordfees, Stellenbosch University, SA
2019 Artist Proof Studio & Red Room collaboration, Cape Town, SA
2018 Portraits, Kingsbridge Art, Cape Town, Bellville, SA
2018 Vuleka Competition Exhibition, Artb Gallery, Bellville, SA
2018 Tuffo, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2018 Stories, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2018 Emerging Artist Exhibition, City of Cape Town, SA
2017 Naked Art, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2017 Sanlam Portrait 100, University of Cape Town and Rust en Vrede Gallery, SA
2017 Chardonnay Deli, Cape Town, SA
2019 REAWAKENING, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA
2018 THE NEW AFRICAN, Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, SA