Esther Mahlangu joined forces with BMW and refined a BMW 7 Series. In collaboration with the BMW she transformed a luxury sedan into a dynamic work of art by painting her characteristic motifs on the real wood interior trims. Esther Mahlangu (81), a South African artist, was the first woman to create artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan.
The 81-year-old artist said: “To paint is in my heart and it’s in my blood. The way I paint was taught to me by my mother and my grandmother. The images and colours have changed and I have painted on many different surfaces and objects but I still love to paint. The patterns I have used on the BMW parts marry tradition to the essence of BMW. When BMW sent me the panels to paint, I could see the design in my head and I just wanted to get started! I start by painting the small ones first to get the feel of the surface and then it was easy as the design follows the lines of the panels.
Its bodywork was adorned with the bright colors and unique ornamental shapes, typical of Ndebele art, thus turning it into a BMW Art Car.