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“You cannot have a gallery without an artist, but you can always be an artist without a gallery" - Ayanda Mabulu.

Giggs Kgonamotse Kgole, formally known as Kgole, was born in Kutupu Village in Limpopo in 1997 and grew up in Tembisa, Johannesburg. In grade six he applied for a scholarship with the Student Sponsorship Program (SSP). From a pool of 3000 applicants, he was one of 25 who earned a full scholarship, then attended the prestigious St John’s College in Houghton, where he completed high school.

He considers this a great achievement for himself and his family, as not only was he the first person to attend a private high school, but the first in his family to reach and pass Matric. In 2017, a year after Kgole’s first Solo exhibition he received a Prestigious Presidential Scholarship to study in Rome at John Cabot University, where he had his first solo showcase in Europe titled ‘Before the High Walls’. 2018 marked a new feat for Kgole as he became one of Africa’s youngest gallery owners at the age of 21. GasLamp Gallery, located in Johannesburg, South Africa was a contemporary art space for creatives who needed an opportunity to tell their stories in a commercial gallery. 

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 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. The glasses play the role of enhancing the viewer’s experience and relationship to the work, as it helps you interact with the work more at a more intimate level.

Giggs Kgonamotse Kgole.

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