Nelson was born in Nylstroom (now Modimolle) in Limpopo. He participated in a number of local exhibitions in Limpopo before finding his way to Artist Proof Studio in 2003. He received his APS Certificate in Advanced Professional Printmaking in 2005. Since then, Nelson has worked as a professional artist and as marketing and sales administrator for the APS Gallery. Nelson was selected as Art South Africa’s seventh Bright Young Thing in 2007. In the same year he had his first International exhibition in Somma Lombardo, (Italy) followed in 2008 with an international solo exhibition in Zutphen (Amsterdam). In January 2009, Nelson resigned from the Gallery position to devote himself full-time to his art.
Makamo started working on monotypes with DKW printer Jillian Ross, early on in 2011. He works predominantly with portraiture. His titles allude to everyday experiences and fleeting moments. In his monotypes he makes use of “ghost” printing, which is when a second print is made from the left-over ink from the first pull. The result is much more translucent and can be worked into more. The technique lends itself to themes of memory and remembering.
Makamo states, “In my work I am a story teller, a narrator; I share. I document each day visually because for me each day is a blessing, being able to capture movements and feelings of people who live around me.”