Thursday, August 27, 2015


When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace – Nelson Mandela

                               MADIBA : ICON OF PEACE   Pencil on Paper  ‘’20x25’’ (2015)

Nelson Mandela is the global icon of peace, an exemplary leader and a statesman the likes of which we have never seen before. I drew this portrait of him, when I had a reflection of his impact and contribution to the development of South Africa and his crucial role in the ending of Apartheid. 

His legacy, struggles and leadership traits will always remain and be remembered till generations to come, for as long as there is a South African entity. This drawing is dedicated to him and to all who strive for peace in Africa and the world. It is true, according to him, a man or woman, be it a leader or Celebrity, can only get GOOD rest, only when his or her duty is performed positively and inspiring to a country.

Nelson Mandela, being portrayed here representing him as the Icon of peace, is a drawing of mine, from my portraits series (Portraits of Nigerian Icons & Others) on my behance portfolio project, which I have added to my art finder shop. This is also my entry for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan series 2015 competition and you can vote HERE for me.

 It will be such a great honor, privilege and opportunity for me to create this piece in a city, as tribute respect and dedication to Nelson Mandela, all Africans and all those whose lives has been affected positively by this great man and Icon of Global peace.

" When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I've got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything."   ---Ellsworth Kelly, ICON OF PEACE

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