Globally recognised & collected, acclaimed South African artist Nelson Makamo this past weekend opened his first independent solo US exhibition, presenting a latest body of work BLUE.

Matsela Moshokoa, Nelson Makamo

In plans since 2017, the exhibition has been put together independently, and brought together an all female group of dynamic and progressive Black professionals who helped curate this landmark show. Due to the diversity in the contemporary art landscape in inner city Los Angeles, Nelson and his team ultimately selected this location earlier this year to showcase his first US solo exhibition.

Nelson Makamo, Tiffany Haddish

Currently one of the world’s most sought-after visual artists of our generation, this well celebrated 39 year old South African artist has managed to solidify his iconic artistic signature, steadily placed him on a global stage.

Photo By Jorge Meza

Nelson Makamo‘s artwork has resonated with a global audience over the past decade, with his work featured in various prestigious public and private exhibitions and collections in countries across the African continent, Europe and recently New York City.

‘Finally my own independent international show here in L.A., it actually feels great. When the team and I initially started the conversation about this show in back in 2017, we didn’t realise the hard work and commitment that would do into it. And what a journey it’s been! Having just successfully opened this past weekend, made it all worth it for us’ 

stated Nelson Makomo and added
Photo By Jorge Meza

With the latest piece of work BLUE, we don’t only want to share our story, but invite people to the exhibition to be a part of the conversation. As much as I live on the African continent, I don’t want my work to only have a frame of where I live in South Africa. I want my work to resonate with people from all walks of life, from different races and backgrounds, the global community at large. It’s about connecting artists on a global platform through this exhibition.And lastly like all my previous work, the underlined theme of this exhibition is about HOPE. When you think about the future, you think ‘HOPE. Looking forward to how the world received BLUE!’ 

Photo By Jorge Meza

8th October – 20th November 2021 (open to public)

Mondays, Tuesdays: Appointment only)
Wednesdays, Thursdays: 11am-6pm PT
Fridays, Saturdays: 11am-7pm PT
Sundays: 11am-5pm PT

To visit the show, guests can sign-up via

▪ Arts District, DTLA; 1242 Palmetto Street; Los Angeles, CA

All Photos below By Jorge Meza

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