Decoration of the Youth, charcoal, pastel, ink and oil on Belgian linen canvas, 200×250 cm, 2019, ©Andile Buka


Nelson Makamo is a Johannesburg based artist. Born in 1982, in a town called Modimolle, in South Africas Limpopo province. Gifted with an astounding artistic aptitude in drawing and painting. He honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he studied print making.

Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, Europe, England and the US. He has shown in group shows alongside other South African artists including David Koloane, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell and William Kentridge.

Nelsons 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 childs perspective.

Makamos work forms part of a few collections such as those of fashion icon Giorgio Armani, musician Annie Lennox, Hanzehof Zutphense Kunst Collectis, DJ Black Coffee, Swizz Beatz, Oprah Winfrey, Ava Duvernay just to name a few.

His most recent achievement is one of his artwork gracing the special edition TIME magazine optmist issue cover, guest edited by acclaimend film director Ava Duvernay.



FNB Joburg art fair, Stand Ll Editions, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
The Re-awakening, CIRCA Gallery, Le Cap, South-Africa.
1:54, exposition collective, Stand GAFRA Gallery, Londres, England.
1:54, Stand GAFRA Gallery, Londres, England.
No Commission, Dean Collection, Berlin, Germany.
We are the souls of Azania, GAFRA Gallery, Londres, England.
Salon Zurcher Africa Art Fair, exposition collective, Zurcher Gallery, New York, United-States.
DDESSIN17, foire de dessin contemporain, exposition collective, Atelier Richelieu, Paris, France.
Fuir, exposition collective, Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
Résidence, Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
Dipôlelo, Galerie Fatiha Selam, sous le commissariat Anna Reverdy, Paris, France.
Post It, exposition collective, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Résidence, SAFFCA Fondation, Saint-Émilion, France.
1:54, exposition collective, Stand CIRCA Gallery, Londres, England.
Everard Read, Le Cap, South-Africa.
Everard Read, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
FNB Joburg art fair, exposition collective, Stand Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Winter, exposition collective, Everard Read Gallery, Le Cap, South-Africa.
Salon 91, Le Cap, South-Africa.
Figuring differences, exposition collective, Andrew Lamprecht commissaire d'exposition, salon 91, Le Cap, South-Africa.
Les 21 ans de Artist Proof Studio, exposition collective, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South-Africa.
Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Young Contemporaries, exposition collective, Galleria Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France.
Sharing Realities II, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherland.
Walking with Me, UTS Gallery, Edinburg, Scotland.
A Place I Call Home, Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
City Link, exposition collective, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherland.
Gallery on the Square, exposition collective, Sandton, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Moving into Light, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South-Africa.
Sharing Realities, Gallery Izarte, Zutphen, Netherland.
Cultural and Business Art Exhibition, exposition collective, Somma Lombardo, Italy.
Making Identity, exposition collective, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Ten Years of Printmaking, exposition collective, David Krut Print Studios, Johannesburg, South-Africa.
Walk with me, Obert Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South-Africa.