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South African artist Esther Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

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Tinuku ~ South African artist decorate BMW 7 Series. For the second time Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu, 81-year-old female artists from Ndebele of South Africa to decorate BMW car.

In 25 years ago Esther Mahlangu was the first to make work of art on a BMW 525i. Bodywork decorated with bright colors and unique ornamental shapes, thus becoming BMW art car. Mahlangu has now for second time to join the Bavarian car and enhance BMW 7 Series.

Tinuku South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Tinuku.com South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Mahlangu changing luxury sedan into dynamic work art by painting characteristic of genuine wood interior trim. Features specific to fine white painted with typical image Mahlangu. Vehicles will be offered for auction and proceeds to donation.

Mahlangu said:

"To paint is in my heart and it’s in my blood. The way I paint was taught to me by my mother and my grandmother. The images and colours have changed and I have painted on many different surfaces and objects but I still love to paint."

www.Tinuku.com South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Tinuku South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

"The patterns I have used on the BMW parts marry tradition to the essence of BMW. When BMW sent me the panels to paint, I could see the design in my head and I just wanted to get started! I start by painting the small ones first to get the feel of the surface and then it was easy as the design follows the lines of the panels."

"My art has taken me all over the world and I have seen many places, I have painted many walls and objects and my work is in many museums but I am still Esther Mahlangu from Mpumalanga in South Africa. My heart was full of joy when BMW asked me again to paint for them."


The auction opened online, but collectors can make a bid in person at the Frieze Art Fair in London from October 5 to 9 in which car will be on display. Proceeds from sales will be donated to a good cause.

In 1935 Mahlangu born from Ndebele tribe in Middelburg, a small town in north-eastern province of Mpumalanga. At early age 10 started painting under guidance mother and grandmother. Ndebele women traditionally adorn exterior walls of houses with intricate patterns and graphic elements.

Indigenous art symbolize important events such as weddings or other celebrations. Walls are used as communicative medium active in community. Mahlangu has integrated decoration and pattern of traditional arts into painting.

Tinuku.com South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Tinuku South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Tinuku.com South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

The tradition was brought into the form of painting on ship or carpet and continually bring it into a new context, thus combining art with functional items used in everyday life.

Mahlangu works have been included in spotlight following recent project that has attracted worldwide attention. Musician John Legend announcing partnership as brand ambassador for The Belvedere Red, a campaign in which graphics and colorful Ndebele designs shown on limited edition bottles.

www.Tinuku.com South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

South African artist Nikwambi Mahlangu decorate Ndebele style BMW 7 Series

Long history of success as an artist and was awarded the National Order of Ikhamanga in 2006 recognized contribution development art of the Ndebele. Other commercial projects included painting the tail section British Airways in 1997 and Fiat 500.

His works displayed in collections in galleries around the world. Last year in cooperation with Swedish brand sneaker called Eytys to design limited edition. Up 17 awards and one of the most successful artists of South Africa remains modest and loyal to traditional roots Ndebele.

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