Percy Maimela is one of South Africa’s talented artists making waves. The 32 year-old artist also reproduced the first coloured picture of the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, Hector Peterson. 

Maimela had a keen interest in art when he was young. The interest grew with age and he engaged in painting, pencil and pen drawings and paper mache.  With no formal art qualification, Maimela took a huge risk, quitting his retail job to focus on his craft.

Growing up in Soweto, Maimela says art was never a career path that one would be encouraged to pursue, but democracy has opened his eyes to the endless possibilities in this industry.