South African Artist Esther Mahlangu Brings Ndebele Art to BMW Once More

The first woman commissioned to create a BMW art car (back in 1991), South African artist Esther Mahlangu, has seen her relationship with BMW reignite once more. The automaker recently tapped Mahlangu for interior paneling that would further employ her colorful motifs—drawn from the Ndebele tradition of message-laden house painting—something she learned from her grandmother. The result is astounding—a joyful punctuation to the vehicle. And as for what’s next for the prolific 82-year-old artist, she’ll get a studio upgrade thanks to BMW South Africa and feature at Burning in Water‘s booth during the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London this coming October. See the final product and a video detailing its creation at designboom.