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Nico Phooko - The Music PainterLocation: Based in Johannesburg
Nico Phooko is one of Africa's most gifted visual artists who has embraced and popularised the unique concept of LIVE PAINTING, through which he captures the essence of special events live on canvas!
This novel entertainment genre becomes a truly unforgettable part of the event, which is captured and memorialized as an artwork. Guests love watching how the event unfolds on canvas, representing the mood, the sounds and rhythms, and the highlights of the evening in a most unique and colourful way. The final product is the perfect memento of the event, for the client to keep.
Nico has been invited to artistically capture events such as A Tribute To Samora Machel, painting alongside world renowned musicians and politicians who had come to honour the life of the late Samora Machel. The painting was presented to Mrs Graca Machel, her husband Dr Nelson Mandela, and the Machel’s Family.
He has also painted live on stage with Africa's great musicians, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ringo Mandlingozi, Joyous Celebration, Joe Nina, Bongo Maffin, Voice and a host of Traditional and Jazz Musicians throughout South Africa and abroad.
Nico's live painting cv includes many award ceremonies, private and corporate gala dinners, conferences, weddings, children’s celebrations, music launches, and many more prominent events.
Awards & Distinctions
- Recipient of The 2011 Ekurhuleni Prestigious Award
- Winner of the 2015 Southern Comfort #Ownyourawesome Award - a prize awarded to South Africa’s unique talented individuals.
- A tribute to Samora Machel, Gallagher Estate
- Hansa Pilsner Cool Sounds Music Awards, Sandton
- Voice, (a Jazz Outfit) Compact Disc Launch, Civic Theatre, JHB
- Women International Forum, Sandton Convention Centre
- Dr Stanley Mogoba’s 70th Birthday Celebration, Gallagher Estate
- 5th World Parks Congress – Official Heads of States Banquet, Durban
- CT Empowerment Indaba. Sandton Convention Centre
- A Tribute to E’skia Mphahlele. Vodacom Sun dome
- Discovery Health Presentation Report, Atlas Bakery
- Presidential Congratulatory Dinner for Women, Sandton Convention Centre
- National Home Builders Awards 2004. Gallagher Estate
- The Design Indaba Expo Charity Banquet, Cape Town Convention Centre
- Winnie Mandela's 60th Birthday, Hilton Hotel, Pretoria
- Ekasi Jazz and Art Cultural Festival, Springs
- Innovation Town I-Hero Awards Ceremony @ Sci Bono, Market Theatre Precinct. Johannesburg, 2007
- Woza Albert adaptation rehearsal. A Television documentary filming on my works and Fatima Dike’s plays Artscape, Cape Town
- 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference. Sandton Convention Centre
- World Economic Forum @ Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
- Art and Jazz with Andile Yenana, Herbie Tsoaeli, Sydney Mnisi, Africa Mkhize, Lulu Gontsana and Marcus Wyatt
- A tribute to Busi Mhlongo with Joe Nina, Durban
- Department of Art and Culture Conference. Sci Bono, Johannesburg.
- Johannesburg Tourism. Arts Alive, Sandton Hotel
- Paint ‘n Play with Shane Evans, Kansas City Artists Coalition, USA
- Paint ‘n Play with Jimmy Dludlu and Roberto Fonseca from Cuba. Cape Town
- International Jazz Day, Live at the Market Theater with McCoy Mrubata, Paul Hamner, Carlo Mombeni, Tumi Mogorosi, Kyle Sheperd, Mbuso Khoza and BLKsonshine-Masauko Chipembere, Johannesburg
Nico's live on stage painting concept has been covered extensively by medias such as The Mail and Guardian, City Press, Sowetan, Citizen, The African Reporter and in the SABC 3 Curtain documentaries.
Typical Budget for Nico Phooko - The Music Painter is
R25000 - R40000.
Please note this is merely a guide; if you submit a booking enquiry, you will receive an exact quote based on the unique details of your event.
Submit a booking enquiry directly with Nico Phooko - The Music Painter, and the Artist or their manager / representative will be in touch with you soon!
Should you be unsure about which acts to enquire with, you can choose to SEND GIGSTER YOUR EVENT DETAILS and we will forward your enquiry to up to 5 suitable acts.
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