BMW art cars
BMW 525i art car - Esther Mahlangu 1991
BMW art cars - Frank Stella 1976
BMW art cars - Roy Lichtenstein 1977
BMW art cars - Andy Warhol 1979
BMW art cars - Ernst Fuchs 1982
BMW art cars - R. Rauschenberg 1986
BMW art cars - M.J. Nelson 1989
BMW art cars - Ken Done 1989
BMW art cars - Matazo Kayama 1990
"My art has evolved from the tribal tradition of decorating our homes", said the South African painter Esther Mahlangu of her work.
With the painting of the BMW 525i, she wanted to link this handed-down art form to the modern appearance of the automobile. A challenge that Mahlangu mastered outstandingly with the creation of the first African Art Car.
In order to get a feeling for the completely new medium, the artist first of all painted the door of another BMW, before she ventured to create "her" Art Car. Within a week, she transformed the 5 Series saloon into a masterpiece of African Ndebele art - and established herself as the first woman in the list of international Art Car artists.
Source: BMW World
Esther Mahlangu - The Artist
Born in 1935, Esther Mahlangu lives in the village of Weltervrede in the Mpumalanga Province. She is a remarkable
woman who against all odds, traveled and exhibited overseas in 1989, a time when political turmoil at home and sanctions abroad made
international participation only a dream for all but a few South African artists. Mahlangu tells us, "My mother and grandmother
taught me to paint when I was ten years old. I have been busy with it ever since and have always liked it. When I am painting my heart
is very wide, it reaches out. It makes me feel very, very happy."
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