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 innocents 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 Edingburgh 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 fashion mogul Georgio Armani, musician Annie Lennox, 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.
2017 I Am The Soul of Azania Gallery of Arican Art GAFRA London England
2016 Dipolelo Exhibition,Paris France
2014 Everard Read Cape Town
2014 Everard Read Johannesburg
2013 Salon 91 Cape Town
2011 Museum Africa Johannesburg
2010 Movement, Factory gallery
2009 Sharing Realities II, African Studies Centre, Leiden, (Netherlands), Walk with Me, UTS Gallery, Edinghburgh, Scotland, A Place I Call Home, Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg
2008 Moving into Light, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, Sharing Realities, Gallery Izarte, Zutphen, (Netherlands)
2005 Walk with Me, Obert Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2017 No Commisssion Dean Collection Berlin Germany Krafwerk Rummelsberg
2017 Salon Zurcher Africa Art Fair Zurcher Gallery New York,USA
2016 Post it,Constitution Hill,Group exhibition ,Johannesburg South Africa
2015 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair,CIRCA Gallery Booth London UK
2014 FNB Joburg Art fair Everard Read Gallery Booth ,Johannesburg South Africa
2013 Art Angels,Ellerman House charity auctions
2012 figuring diffrerences curated by Andrew lamprecht,salon 91,cape town.21 year celebration of the Artist Proof studios at the johannesburg art gallery.
2010 Young Contemporaries, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris France My City, Arts on main, Johannesburg
2009 City Link, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Gallery on the Square, Sandton, Johannesburg
2007 Cultural and Business Art Exhibition, Somma Lombardo, Italy Making Identity, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
2006 Ten Years of Printmaking, David Krut Print Studios, Johannesburg Student and Staff Artists Proof Studio Exhibition, Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg
2003 Student and Staff Artists Proof Studio Exhibition, Wits Substation Gallery Print Marathon RAU Art Gallery, Johannesburg Print Marathon, Boston (USA), exhibited at Boston.
2016 Kodd Magazine ,Dipolelo Exhibition
2016 DESTINY Magazine
2016 Mail and Guardian Kwanele Sosibo Rural boy Made Good
Kritzinger,N. (2014) Nelson Makamo,Everard Read Catalogue.
Lebitse P (2010) my work is my life,pain and joy.
Sowetan The arts section (2010) street art,True love P 90
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Mail and guardian p6.
Thepa M.(2011) Visual art pushing the boundaries.The new age.Hamilton,N.(2012) Nelson Makamo the well travelled artist exhibition in johannesburg.Homeless Talk.
New exhibition coming of age-Artist proof studio turns 21..(2012) House and leisure.
Turbine Art fair (2013) Classic feel magazine
Zvomuya,P. and Larson,S (2013) The August House that fosters art. Mail and Guardian online.