In 2001 Mandela spent three months working with a tutor in South Africa on drawings that reflect his memories of his imprisonment during the apartheid years. In an ironic twist of fate, the tutor turned out to be the granddaughter of P.W.Botha, one of South Africa’s biggest supporters of apartheid and responsible for Mandela’s ongoing imprisonment.
Mandela’s first published series of works My Robben Island Series I which was launched at a Gallery in London late 2002 and included images that reflected his many years as a political prisoner on Robben Island.
His recent works include left and right hand palm prints Impressions by Mandela and My Robben Island Series II depicting five new images of Robben Island. These works were released at an exclusive event held on Robben Island on the 7th February 2003.
“I have attempted to colour the island sketches in ways that reflect the positive light in which I view it. This is what I would like to share with people around the world and hopefully also project the idea that even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life’s challenges”