Updated: Jun 25
”My art inspires my travel and I generate income which I use to make a change wherever I can in order to inspire others to say where you are and what you're doing is good enough to make a change." - Reggie Khumalo
Reggie Khumalo is a renowned South African fine artist, motorbike adventurer, and Philanthropist. He travels and works across Africa to bring back Ubuntu and help disadvantaged kids get to school. Since becoming a full time artist in early 2017, Reggie has had two sold out solo exhibitions and two pop-ups in Johannesburg, one pop-up in Nairobi and a sold out solo show in Addis Ababa.
We can conclude that Reggie started his art career quite early, but was reserved about launching it to the world as it took quite some time before he did. Since he was a child, he has always drawn. He'd draw his father's face or the face of someone else. For some reason, it was always faces to him, and this went on for quite some time.
The self-taught fine artist, possessed no formal schooling and training. He created a painting in 2012, which he sold, from there Reggie saw he had the potential to grow. At the age of 27, he became a full-fledged artist. He went on to become a professional artist and traveled across the continent in search of the artist within him, which he knew existed. He knew he had it when he was younger, but felt it had been taken away from him at some point. Reggie felt at home making art again. He returned to South Africa and became a full-time artist.
Reggie, who is also a traveler at heart finds inspiration in the kindness of strangers, the strength of women, the struggle of children, and, above all, the overpowering presence of Ubuntu. He think of his paintings as a platform to share his journey with the world; to express his passion for Africa.
He has been able to assist organizations and individuals throughout South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, and Ethiopia through his art, which is fueled by the inspiration he receives from his travels. It's clear to understand how collecting his art is not only an investment, but also a vehicle for social change.
Owing to his distinct work, in collaboration with his mission to assist the society through his art, Reggie has appeared on Abba News (Italy), El Mundo (Spain), Drum Magazine, Sawubona (South African Airways), The Star Newspaper, Morning Live SABC2, and a variety of other media platforms.
"I‘m going on a trip across five African countries on a motorbike to raise money for the UN’s Food Programme. I’m going on site visits of their projects and coming up with a body of work and then I’ll donate back to those projects. I’m excited to get back on the road and do what I do best – to be wild, free and painting and sharing the spirit of Ubuntu to say ‘your brothers across the continent care about you’. We are in this together as Africans." - Reggie Khumalo
Reggie Khumalo's commitment to the Black Community is one worthy of Emulation and accolades deserving.