Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary, a politician, an activist, a lawyer and a distinguished artist. His paintings and sketches, many of which he created later on in his life, are a symbol of his extraordinary journey.
Nelson Mandela was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his twenties where he fought to dismantle the legacy of South Africa’s apartheid system by tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality. His first artworks, which he drew in his sixties, were his reflections from this experience. The paintings (and subsequent limited edition prints) were fresh, bright, iconic symbols of the struggle in South Africa and the triumph over the tyranny of the apartheid years, and this optimism is reflected in all Mandela’s work. His Robben Island series, which documented the horrors of the 17 years he spent on Robben Island, made a clear statement about how love prevails over adversity and brutality. This positive outlook, coupled with the brilliance of his composition, has made Nelson Mandela’s artworks some of the most sought-after pieces on the market.