Baxolele Gqola is 26 years old and matriculated at the Wynberg High School in Cape Town. He lives in Gugulethu with his mother. At the same time he studied Visual Art at the Frank Joubert Art Centre where he scored an A for Gr 12 Visual Art.
In 2013 he studied Engineering at the FET College in Vredenburg. During 2013 he was invited by The Ibhabhathane Project – an Arts Education NGO – to join a select group of promising young artists who created works to exhibit during the 2013 Kirstenbosch Gardens Centenary Celebrations. He sold a number of paintings at this exhibition, including one to the SA Botanical Society of the Gates of Kirstenbosch.
During the Kirstenbosch Exhibition he was filmed by a UK film crew that made a short film of him and work and at home. The film has been shown on UK TV.
The picture here was taken during the filming and shows him with one of his works that he sold on the exhibition.
In 2014 and 2015 he successfully exhibited at the Solstice Foundation fund-raising exhibition.
He enjoys experimenting with various media as he creates artworks.
Presently he is working as an Intern assisting with the administration at the Ibhabhathane Project based at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newland, Cape Town. He also assists with the preparation of materials that Ibhabhathane uses in its teacher training workshops held across the country.
During 2017 he is part of the Ibhabhathane facilitation team presenting a Community Arts Education project in Ocean View, Cape Town, based on the art works and life of the late Peter Clarke – the artist who lived in Ocean View. He has also been travelling to Gauteng to assist in the setting up of Ibhabhathane’s teacher- training workshops that are sponsored by SANTAM. He enjoys attending art exhibitions where he is able to learn more about painting techniques and meet other local artists.
Baxolele contributes to his community by assisting Ibhabhathane in its mural-painting programmes at local schools and loves using his portrait-painting skills to create portraits of local heroes as part of the murals. He has learned a variety of techniques and styles in oils, being taught by some of the best teachers.