Artist: Jennifer Bonneateau
20” x 20”, Mixed Media on Canvas
Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
President of South Africa, Political Activist and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa in 1918. Mandela helped bring and end to apartheid and has been a global advocate for human rights for several decades. As a member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, he was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa. His actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades and made him the face of the antiapartheid movement both within his country and internationally.
Released in 1990, he participated in the eradication of apartheid for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with F.W. de Klerk. In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa, forming a multiethnic government to oversee the country’s transition. As President, Mandela sought to heal the rifts of the past. His forgiving and tolerant attitude toward his former oppressors gained the respect of the whole South African nation and considerably eased the transition to a full democracy. He stated, "If there are dreams about that beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named goodness and forgiveness." After retiring from politics in 1999, he remained a devoted champion for peace and social justice in his own nation and around the world until his death in 2013 at the age of 95.
Also Available: 20” x 20” Aluminum Print, $360, 12” x 12” Aluminum Print, $160