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My Fellow South Africans: Ishmael Achmat

My Fellow South Africans: Accompanied by his son’s Volkswagen Beetle from the 1970s, Ishmael Achmat portrays a picturesque scene from something you would find on the windy roads of the French Riviera. Photographed by Armand Hough (African News Agency/ANA)

My Fellow South Africans: Accompanied by his son’s Volkswagen Beetle from the 1970s, Ishmael Achmat portrays a picturesque scene from something you would find on the windy roads of the French Riviera. Photographed by Armand Hough (African News Agency/ANA)

Published May 6, 2022

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On most sunny days, you will find him sitting in front of an easel in the shadow of the pine tree grove on Signal Hill Road in Cape Town.

Accompanied by his son's Volkswagen Beetle from the 1970s, he portrays a picturesque scene from something you would find on the windy roads of the French Riviera.

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On his canvas, he paints landscapes of Cape Town’s skyline with Table Mountain as the dominant subject.

Ishmael Achmat is a self-taught and well-known artist in South Africa and abroad.

In the back of the Beetle is a gallery of paintings of the Mother City from different viewpoints and weather conditions.

My Fellow South Africans: In the back of the VW Beetle is a gallery of Ishmael Achmat’s paintings of the Mother City from different viewpoints and weather conditions. Photographed by Armand Hough (African News Agency/ANA)

During the course of his career, he has sold his art to international collectors and gifted painted portraits to presidents and South African political figures.

Achmat has been around painting landscapes long enough to see our country’s political landscape change into what it is now.

He firmly believes that art should be used as a form of positive change.

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Ishmael's rich experiences and views on life will in the near future, be available for the public to read when his biography hits the shelves.

My Fellow South Africans: Renowned painter Ishmael Achmat believes art should be used as a force for positive change. Photographed by Armand Hough (African News Agency/ANA)

* My Fellow South Africans is an editorial campaign powered by IOL which aims to build a more inclusive society by introducing South Africans to each other.

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