Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 211 050
Lot 6
  • Nelson Makamo; Before Sunset
  • Nelson Makamo; Before Sunset
  • Nelson Makamo; Before Sunset

Lot Estimate
ZAR 180 000 - 240 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 211 050

About this Item

South African 1982-
Before Sunset

signed and dated 09

oil on canvas
88 by 68,5cm excluding frame; 108 by 87,5 by 6cm including frame


"In my work, I reflect on the movement of culture amongst the youth living in and around the city. What I mean by this is that we adopt different cultures that pertain to our different ages, and we are constantly performing those cultures. I am greatly fascinated by being/existence, and the movement between different personas. I also explore the ability to pass through different stages of life. My work therefore does not represent a certain group of people, it actually goes across. I use emotive mark making which symbolizes movement. Lines are the most important thing in my work. I use line to give my work life and to represent motion." —Nelson Makamo1

1., accessed 9 february 2023.

Nelson Makamo is a celebrated contemporary South African artist, best known for his vibrant portraits of children. He was born in 1982 in Limpopo Province and is currently based in Johannesburg. Makamo received his formal training at the Artist Proof Studio where he studied printmaking between 2003 and 2006. Since graduating, Makamo has experimented with numerous artistic mediums including charcoal, oil, and watercolour whilst developing his own unique and distinctly recognisable mark-making style. Makamo observes the youth in the city around him, creating compelling mixed media portraits of everyday people in an urbanised landscape that reflect the energy of the city and the cross-cultural influences he experiences. His portraits of children display a strength of emotion and hope whilst celebrating the joy of childhood. In a feature in TIME magazine, his work was described as ‘the Art of Optimism’.

Makamo was the recipient of the Johnson & Johnson International bursary and was awarded the Rise Art Award for Drawing in 2018. He has exhibited extensively in South Africa, including the Ten Years of Printmaking exhibition at the David Krut Print Studio in 2006, in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. His work is featured in several public and many prestigious private collections worldwide.


Acquired from the artist by the current owner.

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