In 2019, Kgole spent six months in France, in a residency organized by Undiscovered Canvas. Kgole was named as the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 young South Africans, Kgole has also won the People’s choice awards for his masterpiece, “God Ke Mama”, which was the catalogue cover of the 10th Anniversary Young Masters Art Prize in London. Passionate about life, inspiring others and marking his name in history, Kgole continues to make enormous strides and take on the art world, one masterpiece at a time.
Kgole’s work is an exposition of the interplay between the identities of people living in rural Limpopo, his ancestors and the world he inhabits. The artist grew up in a Limpopo village, South Africa and tells vivid human stories about the experiences of people who live there. They are stories that are untold to an urban audience, to whom rural South Africa is a hidden landscape.
They speak of resilience in the face of everyday injustice, of resistance through the simple act of living. Resilience of which he goes through daily as a young village boy maturing in the world’s different metropolises. Kgole’s work is typified by his use of Anaglyphs, whereby two versions of his composite photographic images are printed in different colours (typically blue and red) onto canvas. He then applies collage and paint to the printed work. The viewer is then asked to view the work through glasses with a red filter and a blue filter as lenses, creating a dramatic 3D effect.