We have described his art on social media as “an eclectic mix of the classical and the modern, portraiture and abstract. In a word, perfection.” We maintain this view.

Makamo is a Johannesburg based artist whose humble beginnings in the Limpopo province have been overcome by an unrelenting work ethic and a raw, abundant talent. He is currently represented by the prestigious Everard Read Gallery and his work has received the gilded nod of acknowledgement by the African art cognoscenti in London where his portraits are on display at the Gallery of African Art in Mayfair.

The Caine Prize is the most prestigious award in African literature and can propel the careers of those who win it and those who are shortlisted. This year, the winner broke the mould and showed the judges are prepared to look beyond the usual parameters of literary talent to unearth Africa’s best writers. Here are some interesting facts on this year’s winner…..

One of the most extraordinary aspects of this exhibition is that the Tate (the most prolific contemporary art museum in Europe) has taken so long to stage it. The rich and tortuous history of African-Americans during the civil rights movement is a period burgeoning with luminous examples of political leadership and creative giants who have been overshadowed and overlooked in social media and the art world’s fascination with millennial African-American pop culture.

Curator Mark Godfrey told the BBC: “We’ve done shows about American art for decades – it was a question of why hadn’t we done one on African-American art?…………..And there was every reason to do it as these are great artists making important work. We felt it was important to tell the story of this 20-year period when they were asking questions about the black aesthetic and what it means………..It’s a cohesive set of questions and a varied set of answers.”

So, who are the must see artists?

“No artist deserves anything,”

Barkley L. Hendricks said in a 2008 interview with Art News.

“Van Gogh didn’t get squat in his lifetime.”

Instagram has always been a useful tool for artists to publicise their work. Increasingly it is also seen as an effective tool to discover and expose potential unauthorised use of an artist’s work.

Earlier this month, Nkuli Mlangeni a designer with an South African art and textile collective called The Ninevites posted two images alongside each other on Instagram to show the similarities between her work and the work which served as a backdrop to the showcase of South African designers and their artisanal goods at luxury French department store Le BHV Marais.

Picasso allegedly said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”  This quote and others similar to it, are often erroneously used to justify skilful appropriation by artists of work done by their peers or predecessors. The more nuanced view, is the approach taken by the French film director, Jean Luc Godard: “It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.”