Kgalalelo Gaitate

Kgalalelo Gaitate is a self-taught female South African visual and corporate artist. From the very tender age of three, her parents and crèche teachers noticed an embedded creative nature which she was encouraged to nurture. Teaching herself to draw, from various disciplines such as observing television cartoons, colouring books, illustrated storybooks, magazines and actual people, she finally began to draw in pen, as she found this medium to be much more striking than pencil. Honing her gift at the National School of the Arts High School, she was then exposed to various media, i.e.: watercolour, gouache, oil paint, etching and marbling.

Now at the age of 29, she has taken part in various group exhibitions with Mashumi Art Projects, a gallery located on Nelson Mandela’s Home Street, and the world-renowned Vilakazi Street. As well as at the Cape Best Milan, for the Salone Mobile Internazionale, Eyethu Gallery in Mofolo, Soweto and Kalahari Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Afropolitan Gallery and has been an art panellist for Prelude-To-The-Shed Hudson Yards, NY. She has also done corporate art for Genesis Analytics and Royal HaskoningDHV.

Possessing an incredible eye for detail, she specializes in portraiture, working primarily with oil pastels, ballpoint pen, Copic markers and acrylic paint. Much of her subject matter is inspired by South African traditional dress. Her works comment on various aspects of numerous subcultures throughout the South African Terrain.

Nationality: South Africa
Residence: South Africa