Kholisa Thomas is the Founder of The Art Talks, which is a platform that bridges the gap between those familiar with the art world, and those who are not from the art world but appreciate art, and feel intimated by the sometimes dramatic galleries, expensive works, and highly-acclaimed artists. The Art Talks events are held every second month in Johannesburg, either in an artist’s studio, or at an authentic venue in the city, and encourages all art lovers to come together in a relaxed, social environment.

She began her successful marketing career at L’Oréal South Africa, but later went on to follow her passion for Contemporary South African Art and Design. In an article with the Joburg Post Online, Kholisa revealed the reason behind her obsession with South African Art, ‘(I think) it reminds us of what we have in common, not what separates us. It reminds us of our shared humanity at a time when so many things highlight our differences.’

What’s your superpower?

My connection to God, and the belief that I am here to fulfil my highest purpose. Armed with this belief, I know I am unstoppable.   

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Making an impact in the world. Giving artists a platform to showcase their work, and changing perceptions about art. Art is for everyone! Art is a powerful tool for social change, and personal healing.

Who has your biggest influence been?

My Mom, Khanyi Dhlomo Mkhize, and Oprah Winfrey.

What change would you like to see for womankind in the future?

Equality in the workplace, in the home, and in society. The freedom to be who they truly want to be.

What makes you proud to be a South African woman?

I’m proud of our resilience as a people, our ability to keep going despite our oppressive history, our background, and our socio-economic disadvantages. I’m proud of the successful artists, writers, creatives, actors, musicians, and filmmakers who are telling our stories to international acclaim, and accolades. We are a nation that has overcome the greatest challenges to be where we are today.  We have challenges today, but even these we shall overcome. We are a nation that never gives up. We should never forget that.

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