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 246 225
Lot 88
  • Nelson Makamo; Nathi (DJ Black Coffee)
  • Nelson Makamo; Nathi (DJ Black Coffee)
  • Nelson Makamo; Nathi (DJ Black Coffee)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 246 225

About this Item

South African 1982-
Nathi (DJ Black Coffee)

signed and dated 2017; inscribed 'Nathi' in pencil on the reverse; inscribed with the artist's name and medium on an Everard Read gallery label adhered to the reverse

mixed media on paper
99 by 70cm excluding frame; 113 by 84 by 6cm including frame


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.


Everard Read, Cape Town, 2017.

Private Collection.

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