Nelson Mandela - The Artist
Mr Nelson Mandela began sketching scenes from Robben Island in May 2002. He revisited the island with photographer Grant Warren who took photographs of various scenes that had significance to Mr Mandela.
Mr Mandela worked under the supervision of his art teacher Varenka Paschke to create a series of sketches that has become internationally renowned. He then wrote the motivations to these artworks in his own hand. Limited edition prints of these artworks were created and signed by Mr Mandela. The demand for these prints has been exceptional with the vast majority having sold out in a relatively short period.
Whilst some artworks appear for sale from time to time these are typically re sales from private collectors and galleries who had the foresight to purchase them on launch.
However the majority of private parties who purchased these artworks never intend selling them. They purchased them as a permanent and very personal reminder of Mr Mandela’s important contribution to their lives and times.
Few artists can boast that their works grace the collections of: Prince Charles, the Sultan of Oman, Bill Clinton, David Beckham, Bono, Oprah Winfrey, the Ford Foundation and many more of the most influential people and entities of our time. The artworks of Mr Nelson Mandela have been so successful that they have attracted much controversy in regards to the revenue generated there from and over who should control the art project going forward.
Mr Mandela however launched his artworks at a high profile event at Robben Island, signed an affidavit confirming that he had created the artworks and much video and photographic material exists of him creating the artworks and signing the prints. Link to Mr Mandela’s launch speech >>>>>>>
The time and energy spent by Mr Mandela on creating these artworks and writing the motivations that accompany each piece make these works extremely important to South Africa and Mr Mandela’s legacy.
These artworks will continue to lie in important private and public collections keeping Mr Mandela’s name and teachings alive for those who follow.
Kizo Art Consultants is proud to have been involved in the promotion of this important body of artworks since the launch phase. We acquired certain artist proofs and other rare Nelson Mandela artworks which have not been made available to the public for our own collection.