Orde Levinson, initiator of the Hope and Optimism Portfolio,
was born in Namibia but currently resides in Oxford, where he
is completing a doctorate on the life and writings of
He has worked extensively in the arts, publishing the 80th anniversary Portfolios of both Henry Moore and John Piper.
He is the author of a number of works including:- 'Ndilapa Nkosi', a poem which was described by Samuel Beckett as a 'moving feat'. In March 1991 he wrote 'Forcible Love' (NTN Version), a musical drama performed for the independence celebrations at the National Theatre in Namibia. His books on John Muafangejo are: 'I was Lonelyness' a catalogue raisonne; published by Struiik in 1992 and a monograph, The African Dream: 'Visions of Love and Sorrow', published by Thames and Hudson Ltd (Sept 1992). He has co-organised, in association with the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, a touring retrospective of works by Muafangejo. His most recent book is 'Quality and Experiment': The Prints of John Piper (1903-1992): a catalogue raisonne, published by Lund Humphries in 1996.
Currently he prefers to just write and paint.