Pelé – The Legend – Art World Celebrates his 80th Birthday with Exclusive Exhibition

By Joy Sigaud

Revisiting the exhibition of his 75th year it is timely that for perhaps the “greatest footballer of all time”  his birthday falls during  Black History Month

Whether you like football or not, everyone knows the name Pelé, celebrated worldwide for his great talent and skills with the ball. It is claimed that Pelé is the most popular and successful sportsman of the 20th Century and was voted World Player of the Century in 1999.  He is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for scoring  a total of 1279 goals in 1363 games and is famed for propelling Brazil to the top of the world football championships winning 3 World Cups between 1958 and 1970, a record they still hold.  The Brazilian superstar is also credited with popularising the phrase “The Beautiful Game” although many say he actually created it.
Pele courtesy Time & Life
The Halcyon Gallery in London, known for its exclusive exhibitions, is showing a selection of original paintings and sculptures celebrating his life, creativity and sporting career  by world renowned contemporary  artists such as Andy Warhol, Lorenzo Quinn and Russel Young to name a few.

“Art has played a big role in my life for many years and it has been a very humbling experience to have so many talented artists creating such beautiful work in my honour.” – Pelé

Watch short film here