Kamogelo Ami Masemola
Kamogelo Ami Masemola is a South African artist. He discovered his love for the visual arts during his time at the local primary school where he attended afternoon art classes, participated in and won several art competitions that created the foundation to his career choices later on. During this time, he was under the mentorship and guidance of Paul Madi Phala, Michael Zikhali and Buti Masike. He participates in exhibitions across South Africa. He participated in START art fair, London in 2019.
Initially he was deeply attracted to the world of design, hundreds of sketches are proof of his dream to become an industrial designer, but the idea of unrestricted creativity eventually led him to attend FUBA (School of Dramatic and Visual Arts). In 2003, he completed a Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic and art theory. He dedicated time and effort as an art teacher (2003 to 2013) in trying to better the artistic potential of the youth of Kwa-Thema, and rebranding and repositioning the township as an art powerhouse.
Interestingly, Masemola considers an incidence with an out-of-the-box thinking student as a key moment for his own approach to painting. When the boy refused to follow the “traditional” art genres, he became acutely aware of his own restrictions and developed a more experimental approach, resulting in his love for abstraction and exploration of new materials and techniques.
He co-founded B L A Q U E INQ Contemporaries (BIC), an East Rand/Ekurhuleni based organization/movement focusing on creating a community in which professional artists and newcomers working in a contemporary idiom can come together and showcase their work. BIC incorporates various forms of art with a focus on visual arts. This includes but is not limited to photography, film, fashion design, illustration, art writing, music and performing arts. In 2015, he moved to August House, an artist community in the centre of Johannesburg, to focus on his career as a full-time studio artist.