Khehla Chepape Makgato

Khehla Chepape Makgato was born in Kensington, Johannesburg and raised in Makotopong village, outside Polokwane in Limpopo. Chepape has diploma equivalence for Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking from Artist Proof Studio. Has a Diploma in Media Practice majoring in Journalism through Boston Media House, Sandton Campus. Chepape was one of two South African delegates and one of three SADC regional youth delegates to the 2012 Africa Utopia Youth Arts, Cultural and Olympia Festivals of the World at the Southbank Centre in London, UK. He has participated in numerous art exhibitions both locally and internationally (Johannesburg, Polokwane, Cape Town, Washington DC and London). He has collaborated with William Kentridge on a project in January 2015 and continues to work on some small projects for Kentridge. He has had solo shows in 2013 (MARIKANA – Truth, Probability & Paradox), 2014 (VOICES FROM THE KOPPIE – Towards Speculative Realism), 2015 (MARIKANA – The Rituals) and 2016 (The Heroines Of Southern Africa).

He has won a studio art bursary from the African Arts Trust to be a resident artist at Assemblage Studios in 2014. He is also an inaugural recipient of 2016 Art Across Oceans Residency at Kohl Children’s Museum in Chicago, USA. He now works full as an artist at his studio in Johannesburg. He worked at David Krut Art Resources from early 2010 till mid - 2011, assisting in the printmaking workshop and in the bookstore/gallery. This led to participation in special printmaking projects with visiting artists. He has also worked part-time at Sharon Sampson Studio as a collaborative printer, curator and studio technician from 2011 to 2013 Chepape has a Media Diploma in Journalism from Boston Media House. Chepape initiated a community art organisation called Samanthole Creative Projects in 2010 which aims to provide general mentorship, art skills, encourage the reading of poetry and literature, and motivate the youth in rural of Polokwane and Limpopo as a whole. From 2010 to 2015, he prepared grant proposals, developed budgets and obtained funding from private donors for arts workshops in Ga-Mothiba near Polokwane (2010), Thohoyandou in Venda (2011), Kromhoek Ga-Makgato near Bochum (2012, Lenyenye in Tzaneen (2014), Iris House For Orphans in Giyani, Limpopo (2015) and Thaba Ntshu, Bloemfontein in Orange Free State(March 2016) and Mmotong in Limpopo (December 2016). He recruited young people from the respective communities to attend, got support from the local community halls where the workshops were held, and led successful workshops including exhibitions of the resulting paintings, drawings, tie-dyed textiles and handmade books. 

His long-term goal is to develop a sustainable arts education centre to cater to rural youth. He has established the Rhodes Park Library Kids Book Club to encourage reading and writing in his community of Kensington. 

Chepape is the winner of ImpACT Award for Visual Artist for 2016 from Arts & Culture Trust of South Africa and he is The Mapungubwe Visual Artist of The Year 2016. Chepape is the recipient of the 2018 Zygote Press International Artist Residency in Cleveland, USA and will be at the residency between February and April 2018.