Nelson Makamo

Nelson Makamo was born in a small town of Nylstroom (now Modimolle), Limpopo province, in 1982. Makamo moved to Johannesburg to join the Artist Proof Studio in January 2003 where he studied for 3 years and worked for another 2 years as sales representative and curator to the gallery. He was awarded a bursary from Johnson and Johnson and awarded the Pinpointone Human Resources Scholarship in 2005. Makamo has exhibited in a large number of group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, The Netherlands and Scotland. His first solo exhibition, Walk with Me, was held at the Obert Contemporary Gallery in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. During 2006 Makamo exhibited alongside some of South Africa’s most established artists such as David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge in a group exhibition titled Ten Years of Printmaking: David Krut Print Studio. During 2012 Nelson participated in a group exhibition at Salon91 in Cape Town, titled Figuring Difference. The artist held a highly successful solo exhibition at Salon91 titled Intermixed with My Realities and Feelings during November 2013. Makamo’s art is housed in the corporate collections of Standard Chartered, Telkom, City of Johannesburg, Unisa, Matasis Investment Holdings (Company named after Mandela, Tambo and Sisulu) and Obert Gallery. His work is also collected by private local investors, as well as famous international personalities, such as fashion mogul, Georgio Armani, and musician, Annie Lenox. Recent achievements include being named Art South Africa’s Seventh Bright Young Thing and winning the Klipdrift Gold Artists Award. Makamo currently works as a fulltime artist from his studio in The City of Gold.


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