5 moments when artist Dr Esther Mahlangu made South Africa proud

82 year-old Dr Esther Mahlangu is no stranger to representing South Africa globally with her unique take on art, culture and entrepreneurship. She is known for being a cultural ambassador through her bold artwork that references her Ndebele heritage. In recent years, Mahlangu’s decades of work has been lauded and recognised internationally making South Africa proud.

1. When she became the first non-Western person and female to design BMW’s art cars

In 1991 Mahlangu joined the league of artists like Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Frank Stella who designed BMW’s art cars with their unique signature styles. Mahlangu painted the BMW 525i, the first “African Art Car” with typical motifs of the Ndebele tribe. In 2016 she joined forces with BMW once more to design the BMW 7 series.

2. When she teamed up with John Legend and Belvedere Red to help fight HIV/Aids in Africa

Stars have been lining up to work with Mahlangu so it came as no surprise last year when she teamed up with Grammy Award winning singer and Belvedere Red ambassador John Legend. Her Ndebele artwork was displayed on the Belvedere bottles marked with the (Red) logo. 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of those bottles go towards fighting Aids.

3. When she collaborated with and paid tribute to Nelson Mandela

Mahlangu was presented with a series of six prints of drawings created by the late Nelson Mandela in 2001. She embellished these prints to create five paintings and a written motivation in 2004. Last year, under the title A Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Mahlangu exhibited the work which was well received by the art community.

4. When she won the Arts and Culture Veteran award at the Ubuntu Awards

She was nominated in the same category with Johnny Clegg for the award while Clegg received just above 500 votes, Mahlangu got over a thousand votes. She said in her speech: “I am delighted and appreciate being regarded as a veteran for arts and culture for my country and representing my province.”

5. When she received her honorary doctorate from The University of Johannesburg

On Monday, 9 April 2018, the University of Johannesburg decided to honour Mahlangu with an honourary doctorate for “her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur and educator, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds”.

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