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South African artist Nelson Makamo hosts first-ever solo U.S. exhibition

The globally renowned painter debuted his “BLUE” collection in Los Angeles this week.

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This week; Johannesburg, South Africa-based artist Nelson Makamo hosted his first-ever solo exhibition in the United States, titled “BLUE.” The Los Angeles gallery includes 44 of his works, also making it his largest collection ever showcased.

According to luxury magazine Haute Living, Makamo has been working on “BLUE” for four years. The globally recognized artist is reportedly best known for his charcoal and oil paintings, and his work has been showcased in South Africa, France, Italy, the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Finland.

The outlet added that Makamo’s artwork “speaks to changing the global mindset of what it means to be an African child” and said his “BLUE” exhibition “summons an age of recognition, transition and development... overflowing with opportunities because it is undoubtedly of a feminine resolve.”

Sean “Diddy” Combs’ DeLeón Tequila supported the showing with a private dinner cooked by pan-African soul food chef Solomon Johnson, musical performance by Poizon Ivy the DJ and art-inspired cocktails. Tiffany Haddish, BJ the Chicago Kid, filmmaker Robert Lang, Maya Sho’Madjozi and artists Ferrari Sheppard and Knowledge Bennet were reportedly in attendance.

“DeLeón Tequila recognizes and supports the artistry and craftsmanship of cultural architects like Nelson,” Ingrid Best, executive vice president and global head of Marketing Spirits at Combs Enterprises, said in a statement. “When I heard about his U.S. exhibition, I knew we had to support this history-making moment in a real way. DeLeón is honored to join Nelson as he continues to capture the world with his talent, and we look forward to celebrating other artists, like Nelson, who break boundaries with their art.”

According to WSAZ, Makamo’s “BLUE” exhibition will remain in residency at Los Angeles’ Library Street Collective, located at 1242 Palmetto St., until Nov. 20. Interested fans must make an appointment with Makamo to view the showing by emailing

See some of Makamo’s “BLUE” paintings on his Instagram below.

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