Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Bambi; Tata Tata (Red)
  • Bambi; Tata Tata (Red)
  • Bambi; Tata Tata (Red)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 220 000
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Cape Town
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About this Item

British 1982-
Tata Tata (Red)

signed on the reverse

stencil and mixed media on metal
90 by 38cm excluding frame; 110 by 58 by 7cm including frame


The present lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, dated 2014 and inscribed with the artist's name, the title and medium.

Bambi is the moniker of the anonymous London street artist famous for her gritty stencil and aerosol spray paint work. The name was born from her childhood nickname, ‘Bambino.’ She first began tagging in London, gaining visibility in 2010. Trained at Central Saint Martins, her street work can now be found throughout Central London as well the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden.

Initially hailed by the BBC commentator David Dimbleby as ‘the female Banksy,’1 Bambi has evolved into her own unique brand of artist-provocateur, tackling themes of feminism, street violence, political injustice and popular culture with wit and irony. She often creates stencils of known contemporary figures to offer pointed social and political commentary. She has produced highly visible and public murals incorporating The Royal Family, Amy Winehouse, David Beckham and Ai Wei Wei.2

In the present lot, titled Tata (Red), Bambi lends her style to a depiction of an elderly Nelson Mandela wearing his characteristically bright shirt, with his fist raised in salute. This is a unique variation on Bambi’s portrayal of Nelson Mandela and features the name he was lovingly known by across South Africa: ‘TATA TATA’ in the iconic green and gold associated with the Springboks. The work was produced the year after Mandela’s passing, and is a tribute to a world leader that captured not only the hearts of South Africans but the international community at large.

1. Online. Available:, accessed 26 September 2023

2. Online. Available:, accessed 26 September 2023


Acquired directly from Leonard Villa, former manager and public representative of Bambi.

Private Collection.

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