WATCH | SA artist Nelson Makamo personalised his new Porsche 911 like no other in the world

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• Nelson Makamo recently acquired a new Porsche 911 and set about painting the sports car.

• Makamo has always dreamt about owning a 911 and followed through on his childhood ambitions.

• Porsche South Africa applauds Makamo for his inspirational work.

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South African Nelson Makamo is a world-renowned visual artist who has seen his work appear on numerous international stages. Of his more notable achievements, his work also graced a cover of TIME Magazine. Lately, his work took on a more personal touch, including the artwork on his 2021 Porsche 911.

Makamo, is part of 'The art of optimism – 34 people who are changing how we see the world' who has sold artworks to various international celebrities and collectors. His brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is not just the realisation of a life-long dream, but also forms part of one of his most arguably personal canvases.

Makamo grew up in rural Modimolle, Limpopo, and is a true product of the 1980s, says Porsche. In his younger years, it has always been his dream to own a Porsche 911 one day, and he made it his life mission to be in a position to do so. A chance encounter with the latest 911 in Franschhoek, Western Cape, reignited that dream, prompting the artist to live up to his childhood goal. Makamo ordered a Jet Black Metallic 911 Carrera Coupé, and with the automaker, set about turning his car into a moving canvas.

Makamo says: "I always knew I was going to own a Porsche. I just never knew that my relationship with the brand would start this way - and it's only the beginning."

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Nelson Makamo with his custom-painted (2021) Porsche 911


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'My life in Motion'

He hand-painted a number of his 911's components and panels at his own studio before returning them to the team at Porsche Centre Johannesburg for a final layer of lacquer and fitting. These elements included the rear bumper, front seat mouldings, door panel inserts and handles, dash panel inserts, the parking brake console, and side mirror covers. A lot of elements which all flowed together to create a brilliant masterpiece.

He picked the left side door panel insert to feature the inscription 'Mma' - three letters that mean 'mother' in Makamo's native language of Sepedi. This significant feature marks the first time he mentions his mother in his artwork. The subtle, yet significant, acknowledgement pays tribute to a woman who supported him throughout his life, inspiring him to believe that success through art was possible.

Makamo aptly named this project of his 'My life in Motion'.

Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter says the project has provided great motivation: "Working with Nelson Makamo has been inspirational, and this commission is on a level we've never seen before.

"This is a truly bespoke art installation worthy of any gallery. It also illustrates the lengths Porsche SA will go to and the creativity and flexibility of our team to accommodate a request as personal as this."

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Nelson Makamo (left) and Toby Venter
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