NELSON MAKAMO

BIOGRAPHY

NELSON MAKAMO

(b. 1982, Limpopo, South Africa) 

In my work, I reflect on the movement of culture amongst the youth living in and around the city. My observation is that there is an exchange between people where we adopt each other’s cultures that are relevant to our respective ages. I am greatly fascinated by this, and how we in turn manage our identity with different personas. Therefore, my work aims to show that we are always changing and moving in a path of self discovery. My work does not represent a certain group of people, it moves across cultures and generations. 

Known for his vibrant portraits set in pulsating African urbanized landscapes, Nelson Makamo is a celebrated, young South African artist. Observing with astute sensitivity the chaotic energy of the city, Makamo strives to capture everyday people going about their ordinary lives as the contemporary world accelerates around them.

Joining the Artist Proof Studio (Johannesburg) in 2003, Makamo was the recipient of the Johnson & Johnson International bursary. He exhibited alongside fellow South African artists William Kentridge, Deborah Bell and David Koloane in Ten Years of Printmaking at the David Krut Print Studio in 2006. Makamo has exhibited in America, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland, and is included in various international public and private collections. His solo exhibition, A New Lease on Life, recently ran at CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg and major exhibitions of his work will take place at Everard Read, Cape Town and CIRCA Gallery London in 2016/17.       

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
New Works, CIRCA Johannesburg, South Africa

2014  
Generations, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
A New Lease on Life, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Movement, Factory gallery 

2009
Sharing Realities II, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands Walk with Me, UTS Gallery, Edinghburgh, Scotland, UK
A Place I Call Home, Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008
Moving into Light, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Sharing Realities, Gallery Izarte, Zutphen, Netherlands

2005
Walk with Me, Obert Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Opening Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery Group Exhibition, London, UK

2015
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, CIRCA Gallery Booth, London, UK
FNB Jo-burg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa
WINTER, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Young Contemporaries, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France
My City, Arts on main, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
City Link, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands  & Gallery on the Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
Cultural and Business Art Exhibition
, Somma Lombardo, Italy 
Making Identity, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006

Ten Years of Printmaking, David Krut Print Studios, South Africa
Johannesburg Student and Staff Artists Proof Studio Exhibition, Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003
Student and Staff Artists Proof Studio Exhibition, Wits Substation Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Print Marathon, RAU Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Print Marathon, Boston, USA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
City of Johannesburg 
Matasis Investment Holdings (Company named after Mandela, Tambo and Sisulu)- ObertGallery 
Standard Chartered 
Telkom 
Unisa