Based: 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.