I am an Illustrator | Graphic Designer | Street Artist from East London currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.
My inspiration on creating this piece was Madiba's smile of which I strongly believe it's a universal language. He's a well recognised Icon / Role Model as well as mine and I take pride on the fact that we are from the same tribe Xhosa that is, I went on to recreate his face taking inspirations from home as well as globally with the minimalistic approach.
The head band around his forehead represents a well groomed man in Xhosa and a status symbol in the community with sky blue and white colour pallet which represent purity and hope which the man stood for in his years alive. The smile on his face is an inviting gesture rather to all Global Citizens to BE THE GENERATION TO END EXTREME POVERTY along with black and red pillars on parallel corners to represent how the Global Citizen values and their prolific mission for the greater good.
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