Meshu Mokitimi is an artist who lives and works in Maseru, Lesotho. He typically makes portrait and landscape paintings. At 90 years old, he still spends each day in his studio, producing images that represent the culture of his country. He has been involved in politics in Lesotho, including the country’s fight for independence. He has also travelled the world with his art, visiting Israel, India, Nepal, Italy, England, France, Nigeria, Brazil, the United States, and Ireland.
In 1995, the National University awarded Mokitimi the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Basotho Culture and in 2006, His Majesty King Letsie III appointed him to Commander of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatšeatsana “in recognition to his outstanding contribution to the promotion of arts and culture in Lesotho.” His work has been collected by Bill Clinton and hangs in many embassies and government buildings throughout Europe and America.
Vist his website here to learn more about his work.
Click here to return to the full list of awardees.