Khotso Mahloma is a Cape Town based artist, born in 1985, in a town called Garankuwa, Gauteng province. Khotso showed an interest in art from an early age. He is a self-taught artist and in his own words “went from Eye to Hand”. He thus refers to himself as a visual emotionalist. There is a distinct feeling for each individual painting created. Therefore, the current work/painting has to be completed before another is started. The loss of his child in 2019 inspired Khotso to start doing art again. He found that in doing his art this opened an emotional vacuum in his life and found his real passion and purpose. The/his art awakened his inner self. Coupled with the loss of his child, his desire for spiritual healing and ancestral growth has allowed him the opportunity to explore various avenues of culture and tradition in the African context and this is depicted in his recent series of artworks. Khotso’s work is strongly influenced by his own personal spiritual journey that is guided by his ancestors of Zulu and Batswana descent.