South African artist Esther Mahlangu was in New York for the opening of a tribute to her work.
NEW YORK - South Africa's iconic Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has been recognised internationally with a painting on a boulevard in New York's Tribeca neighbourhood.
The painting, featuring Ndebele symbols, was done by New York artist Imani Shanklin Roberts.
The artwork spans a two-lane road.
In an Instagram post, Roberts praised Mahlangu's work.
"To you NYC, I present Xola, (Stay in Peace) -- ((A South African Name I named my daughter--* Alignment*))) a piece that is representative of a feminine energy force that is all encompassing, inclusive and awe-inspiring. Xola welcomes you to charge and open your divine feminine here amidst all that tries to stand against you. This is my form of resistance and protest - my expression #blessed."
Mahlangu has been painting for 70 years and is still going strong.
She recently teamed up with BMW and John Legend to paint one-of-a-kind interior trims for the BMW 7-series.
South Africa's Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu, with New-York artist, Shanklin Roberts in Tribeca, New York City. CREDIT: SA Tourism
Roberts painted a boulevard using Ndebele symbols. CREDIT: SA Tourism
The ribbing cutting ceremony for Esther Mahlangu in New York. CREDIT: SA Tourism
A child participates in the block party held in honour of Esther Mahlangu. CREDIT: SA Tourism.
South Africans in New York joined the festivities. CREDIT: SA Tourism
A child tries to blow a vuvuzela at the block party in Tribeca. CREDIT: SA Tourism.
Artist Imani Shanklin-Roberts revealed her new mural at the South Africa Festival this Saturday in TriBeCa, with food, music, and vuvuzuelas pic.twitter.com/etpAPpzQWO— Claire Slater Hogan (@clairesHogan) September 17, 2017
Artist @imaniniasr Imani Shanklin Roberts celebrates Gogo Esther Mahlangu with a street mural in Tribeca. It's titled Xola (Stay in Peace). pic.twitter.com/7bKsBM5yDL— Thato (@YoungAchieverSA) September 18, 2017