Mpho M Machate was born in Tembisa hospital in 1984, on the 24th of September. However, his childhood into adulthood was mostly experienced in the rural areas of Bushbuckridge, in Xanthia village, Mpumalanga. In his early years, Machate was fascinated with clay. He would create miniature animals, houses and car models while playing with his friends without knowing that this would lead to a career in Fine Art. His interest in nature (the lush vegetation) in the village and the views of the dramatic features of the Drakensberg Mountain in his backyard during the day, and the night time which provided a spectacle of stars, became a huge influence in his work. Machate completed his studies with a B-Tech in Fine Art at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2016. His works form part of the private collection of the J.P Morgan Chase Art Collection and the Art Bank South Africa collecting for the National Museum Bloemfontein.