Nelson Mandela’s Art

Did you know that Nelson Mandela was an artist? I didn’t, until I discovered the website where you can buy his art as signed and unsigned prints (what I wouldn’t give to own one!). These are all authentic—the certificate of authentication hand-signed by none other than Madiba’s daughter, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela.

I have shared some of my favourites below, but what really struck me was what Nelson Mandela himself said about the Robben Island drawings (shown first):

“It is true that Robben Island was once a place of darkness, but out of that darkness has come a wonderful brightness, a light so powerful that it could not be hidden behind prison walls, held back by prison bars or hemmed in by the surrounding sea. In these sketches entitled: My Robben Island, I have attempted to colour the island sketches in ways that reflect the positive light in which I view it. This is what I would like to share with people around the world and, hopefully, also project the idea that even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life’s challenges.”

If that doesn’t sum up what Madiba was all about, then I don’t know what does.

The Window
The Lighthouse
The Harbour
The Church
The Cell
Bars & Key
Coloured Left Hand with Children
Love, Peace, Harmony
Freedom to Future
Four Right Hands

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