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South African portrait artist, Salli van Druten, wanted to thank Nelson Mandela for what he has done for her country and for the example he has set for the world. What better way to celebrate Madiba's 95th Birthday than to paint 95 portraits in 95 days.
Salli collected 95 faces of ordinary people, from 30 countries around the globe, that feel the same way as she does about the great man. Each person also added a message to Madiba, thanking him in a personal way for the rich cultural understanding he has added to our modern civilisation.
This book is a collection of all 95 portraits and personal messages that were given to the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tata Madiba's (Nelson Mandela) birthday on 18 July 2013.
Growing up in Apartheid South Africa, my experiences were all about Black and White. For too many years this limited palette determined: where we lived; who we could marry; which beaches we could visit; which buses we could catch; which hospitals would accept us; which schools and universities we could attend. When Nelson Mandela was freed and ensured our peaceful transformation from Apartheid to Democracy, colour exploded into our lives. We could eventually live within a palette that was alive with the brightest colours. I can now paint bold, bright colourful portraits - thanks for the colour!