Katlego Tlabela finds himself predominantly concerned in the multi-disciplinary technical and creative processes of painting, sound, photography and sculptural installations. Within each of these disciplines, he finds ways to incorporate elements of print-making. Tlabela’s artistic interests have spanned from social and political crises in Post-Apartheid South Africa, the independent African continent as well as the United States of America. Resistance, protest, dialogues around race and positive methods of representation of the Black Body and Experience are visualized through text- based and visual works often revisiting history and relating it back to contemporary events.
The political and personal merges through Tlabela’s work, with pride and defiance. Since 2020, Tlabela’s practice has solely focused on painting and depicting fictional yet attainable scenes of the Black Elite. Throughout his career, Tlabela has achieved success and recognition locally and internationally through exhibitions, fairs, and placement of his work in public and private collections.
Katlego Tlabela studied at the University of Cape Town‘s Michaelis School of Fine Art and he is based in Pretoria.