28-year-old talented young artist wows with realistic portraits

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Kleinbooi “Watts” Mogale is one talented young African artist who is set to do great things – Mogale, 28, started drawing at a young age and hopes to one day own a gallery – The talented young man creates hyper- realistic portraits and said he loves to capture people on At the age of 28, Kleinbooi “Watts” Mogale is an exceptional artist who creates realistic portraits of normal and famous people. Speaking to Legit.ng, Mogale spilled the tea on his upbringing, inspirations and dreams. The talented 28-year-old grew up in gaMakanye, in Polokwane, South Africa.

“I started drawing when I was eight years old,” he explained, adding that the beauty of African people and nature inspired him to draw. Mogale looks up to Italian artist Marcello Barenghi and said he would often watch his YouTube videos to perfect his technique. Every artist has his, or her, own reasons for creating art – some hope to capture moments while others express emotion on canvas. However, for Mogale, making people happy motivates him. “Amusing people is the best. I love it when I get to put a smile on someone’s face. Seeing people happy makes me happier,” he explained. Although he is extremely talented and his works of art have already caught people’s eye on social media, Mogale is only getting started.

“My dream is to see myself having a self-owned gallery or studio.” Mogale is working hard to realise his dream and he encouraged other young Africans to do the same. “Young Africans need to step out of their comfort zones and start marketing their talents or any skills they are good at, so they can achieve their dreams.” Watch this space, fam – Mogale is going places. Meanwhile, A 19-year-old Nigerian medical student, Emediong, has become the youngest artist as well as the first African to have her work displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum which is also the largest museum in the Mediterranean region.

The excited young lady expressed her joy in an Instagram post as she further revealed that her painting is now in the possession of Forbes listed Cypriot businessman, Suat Günse

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