Nelson Makamo is a Johannesburg based artist. He was born in 1982, in a town called Modimolle, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. Born with an astounding artistic aptitude he honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he studied print making for 3 years.
Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Germany, Amsterdam and Scotland. His first solo exhibition,’Walk with Me’, was held at the Obert Contemporary Gallery in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. His most notable group exhibition was alongside established South African artists in Ten Years of Printmaking: David Krut Print Studio in 2006. Invited artists included David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge.
Nelson’s work is strongly influenced by the candid innocence of children. He is particularly drawn to children in rural South Africa, he believes that they embody the peace and harmony we all strive for in life, the search for eternal joy lies in the child within us all, we are just so consumed with worldly things that we forget the simplicity of life through a child’s perspective. He evolved his scope of experience so did his medium of expression, namely charcoal, acrylic, water colours, mono-types, silk screen and oil paintings
He refrains from planning his pieces and opts rather, for the canvas and days inspiration to lead him. His travels have allowed him the opportunity to exhibit in various locations around the world. UTS gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, Somma Lombardo business and art exhibition, Italy, Leiden in the Netherlands and Everard read in Johannesburg.
Makamo’s work forms part of a few collections such as those of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Ava Duvarney and Kelly Rowland – other fans and collectors of Makamo’s works are basketball player, Carmelo Anthony, music producer Swizz Beatz, fashion icon Georgio Armani and singer Annie Lennox amongst others, TELKOM, Hanzehof Zutphense KunstCollectis.
Nelson currently works as a full time artist from his studio in the heart of the city of Joburg. A space he deems to be the most sacred place in the world.