Nelson Makamo is a celebrated, young artist from Johannesburg South Africa. He was born in 1982, in a town called Modimolle, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Gifted with an astounding artistic aptitude he honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he studied printmaking for 3 years.
Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, Europe, England and the US. His first solo exhibition, ‘Walk with Me’, was held at the Obert Contemporary Gallery in Johannesburg. His most notable group exhibition was alongside established South African artists in Ten Years of printmaking including David Krut Print Studio in 2006. Invited artists included David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge.
Nelson’s work is greatly influenced by the candid innocence of childhood, particularly those in rural South Africa. He believes that they embody the peace and harmony we all strive for in life. For him, the search for eternal happiness lies in the child within us, we are just so consumed with worldly things that we forget the simplicity of life through their perspective.
Charcoal, acrylic, watercolors, monotypes, silk screen and oil paintings are his chosen mediums forexpression.