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.

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.”