George Pemba is an exceptional witness to the cultural and social history of South Africa. Unlike many other black artists who decide to leave their country to practice their profession elsewhere, Pemba remains to fight his own battle in South Africa. Involved in the political resistance, in 1945 he joined the African National Congress and worked as a satirical illustrator for the daily newspaper Isizwe. Having abandoned painting for some time, he returned to it seriously in the 1960s, devoting himself to a variety of themes, often inspired
by local traditions and reality, especially the life of blacks in the years of Apartheid. Today Pemba is considered one of the most important artists of the African continent.