Mandela Effect

“Mandela Effect” – digital on giclée canvas, 40″w x 40″h (101.6 x 101.6cm), 2017. Part of the “Afrika” series. One original edition available for public sale; and one available for gallery/museum request. See full image at Saatchi Art.


The “Mandela Effect” refers to a phenomenon in which a large number of people share false memories of past events, referred to as confabulation in psychiatry. The actual term was coined by a blogger in 2010 to describe a collective false memory that former South African President Nelson Mandela died during his imprisonment in the 1980s.

This painting had the effect with me once it was done. It felt strongly like something that was created before, whether by me or someone else wasn’t clear. I drew a parallel with the feeling of being connected to the African continent, while never physically being there or having direct ancestral connections; only the cultural assumption.

Archival quality 10-ink printer, Breathing Color® Aqueous canvas. Full sized art is unstretched and rolled in a tube for shipping.