Jabu is a South African artist who has exhibited worldwide. Brought up in the Apartheid era, Jabu uses his art to transcend his experience of growing up in an unfriendly world to create his own world instead—one that embodies positivity and interconnectivity, made all the more vibrant by diverse colors and unified activism.
Building from his deep African roots, Jabu infuses the abstract with the pedestrian, the real with the hopeful, the political with the environmental. With an urban and contemporary touch, he uses timeless materials, from mixed media to oil and maple wood to polished aluminum to bring a truly unique voice to the mainstream, creating a growing demand for his live events, signature style, and fresh perspective.
“The legacy of Nelson Mandela motivates the human spirit. Jabu started this series as his contribution to that great legacy. Mandela’s message was, and still is, a global one. Mandela had a profound effect on Jabu growing up as a young man in South Africa and his selfless great spirit motivated young people to join in the fight to liberate themselves from the shackles of apartheid. His courage and bravery helped light the fire in Jabu to fight for global freedom and peace in a non-violent and inspiring way.”