Limpopo artist heads to Harvard as guest scholar to sculpt young minds

Limpopo artist heads to Harvard as guest scholar to sculpt young minds

- Nelson Makamo will attend Africa Week celebrations at Harvard as a guest lecturer

- His work is believed to emobody the theme 'Celebrating Progress'

- Makamo is a popular artist from Limpopo who was featured on the cover of a prestigious US magazine

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Nelson Makamo, the South African artist whose artwork previously graced the cover of popular US magazine, Time Magazine, is now heading to Harvard University as a visiting scholar.

Making Mzansi proud, Makamo is also being awarded the Vanguard Award from the Harvard African Students’ Association as part of their their Africa Week campaign.

Makamo will also give lectures and attend lunches, growing the network of visionaries and future leaders, Briefly.co.za found.

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Mfundo Radebe who heads Africa Week, said that the event’s theme was 'Celebrating Progress' and the remarkable achievements that Africans have made in various fields, such as the arts, music and literature, wrote The Sowetan.

Radebe enthused that Makamo’s work reflected such progress. Makamo's paintings are the embodiment of optimism as he he tends to depict children from the rural areas who are a symbol of hope and a bright future for South Africa, Briefly.co.za found.

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Growing up in a small town in Limpopo had a significant influence on Makamo's style and experience as an artist. He now has a studio in Johannesburg. He is a dynamic artist and believes he needs to grow as his muse, Mapule, grows.

Makamo has had major success with his charcoal portraits of young people that is inspired by his life in Mzansi. The personal interactions he has with people is thus a huge inspiration.

Makamo has inspired young South Africans to achieve their dreams.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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