Khehla Makgato shares his time between Polokwane and Johannesburg, just as he divides it between creating art and writing about art. A historical awareness of the resilient leadership of black women, and the century-spanning erasure of their tales, is woven into the tapestry of his oeuvre. Celebrating unsung stories of the likes of 19th century political strategist Queen Manthatisi Mokotjo of the Batlokwa, Makgato qualifies his intentions. He does not seek to save or speak for these figures, but rather to cast light on their legacies. Having abandoned a corporate path for artistic pursuits, Makgato looks to foster the talents of others who may be so inclined, offering workshops on the basic elements of visual arts to young people in his respective locales. He wishes to see more widespread appreciation of the arts from the general public, and wants people to attend galleries and museums in similar numbers seen at sports stadiums.
Trust yourself. You have the power and ability to do anything you put your mind up to.