Artist creates larger than life piece to celebrate Nelson Mandela

Artist creates larger than life piece to celebrate Nelson Mandela

Nhlakanipho Mkhize knew that when he was commissioned to create a work of art to commemorate South Africa's first democratic elections that it has been to "bright and beautiful".

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The graphic designer was tasked with creating a work of art that celebrated the moment Nelson Mandela cast the first democratic vote in South Africa.

"For me‚ this artwork represents freedom‚ beauty and colour. What happened on April 27, 1994, gave us life. That's why I used so much colour. Freedom is something that is really beautiful and this piece had to show that‚" said the man from Umbumbulu‚ about 24km inland from Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal. learned that Mkhize uses a pixel-style technique to create his works of art.

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For the young artist, the work of art was more than just a painting. He was born in the New South Africa, one year after Mandela cast his first vote in 1994 according to

He doesn't consider himself a "born-free" but he has enjoyed the freedom that democracy has brought the people of South Africa.

It took him fur days to complete the work of art that was commissioned by the Durban Art Gallery.

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"It was a historic moment. I hope this helps people remember what Freedom Day is really about."

Photo Credit: Jackie Clausen

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