This work is part of "THE NEW AFRICAN" collection. Created in a time when Nkalashe really saw Africans taking pride in their heritage and identity and no longer feeling ashamed of their beliefs or the colour of their skin.
It also celebrates creative African individuals who want to change Africa in their own way and not reference Western countries for approval and inspiration. This is a generation of young black Africans making a name for themselves through their work and placing some traditional element to it. In this series Buhle uses many traditional patterns and colours inspired by the Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele groups to represent the diversity, creativity and beauty that he believes contributes to African ethnicity. The figures represent the nature of African identity, that we are proud of our skin and the way we look, but also the triumph of the human spirit is depicted through these figures.
Buhle Nkalashe 2018
Mixed Medium; oils, Acrylic, pastels & charcoal on canvas 97h x 93w (cm) / 38" x 36.6" inches