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.
Nkalashe has been painting for nearly 10 years and had his debut solo, The New African, at Youngblood Africa Gallery (2018) in Cape Town. He also participated in several group exhibitions, to name a few, Top 100 for the Sanlam Portrait awards (2017), Woordfees (2019), Africa’s Art Collective Seasons at the Julie Miller Institute (2019) and Saatchi Online Campaign (South African Emerging Artist) (2019). Nkalashe was also invited by Red Room Contemporary Gallery to exhibit at the Turbine Art Fair (2019). He has been featured in various Saatchi catalogues and collections. Recently ‘‘Best Young Artists to Collect , Saatchi Art (September), Online.
“Buhle Nkalashe is an incredibly gifted, thoughtful and conscientious artist, who also shows concern and engagement, for the reception and curation of the gallery’s entire show, not just his own individual contribution. His professionalism is remarkable.”
INA WICHTERICH – Co Curator at Youngblood Africa Gallery
“I discovered Buhle’s talent in 2017 and since then followed and contributed to his career as full time artist. He created artworks for several group shows and art fairs, always with positive viewers responses. Clients in particular enjoy how he incorporates his subject matter of his surroundings with always a positive outlook and vision on Africa. I am looking forward to introducing more artworks by Buhle Nkalashe to my customers in future.
MAIK KOBALD – Red Room Gallery (www.redroom.gallery)”
“Buhle brings a lot to the table; technical ability, thought provoking narratives and a considered and professional approach. These are the right boxes to tick when investing in new talent.”
CHARL BEZUIDENHOUT – Director at WORLDART
“My company Afrinova has been partnering with Buhle in marketing and introducing him to new investors, who love to collect his work. Because, he has continuously shown himself to be a humble and positive individual who is always keen to learn, and push his work to the next level. Buhle has proved to be consistent in everything he does and has also been extremely proactive.”
KEA BOCCOMINO – AFRINOVA
“It finally arrived! Thank you for your ongoing attention and persistence. A testament to both Saatchi and you professionalism and standards.”
Buyer from SAATCHI ONLINE