For centuries, art has been used to express, document and event pay tribute to those who inspire. Today is the great Nelson Mandela’s birthday! Nelson Mandela had a huge impact on South Africa, fighting for their independence and racial equality and was the first South African president to be elected democratically. He was arrested and imprisoned for 27 years by the South African apartheid government for standing up against a government that was committing egregious human rights abuses against black South Africans. He was released from prison in 1990 and went on to lead the way for the abolition of apartheid in 1994. Check out some of our favorite tribute art work created by different artists.