Africanism inspires visual artists – NewsDay Zimbabwe

Shelton Chaumbezwo painting at Unity Square Harare

VISUAL artist Shelton Farai Chaumbezwo said his works are inspired by the African way of life and what happens in communities.

Talk to NewsDay Life & Style, Chaumbezwo said he will continue to tell African stories through painting.

“I started drawing when I was only 15, using pencils and acrylic paints and from there I continued to pursue my dreams. Most of my drawings reflect African people, their way of daily life and the different tribes we have in Africa, portraits of townships and abstracts of animals in Zimbabwe.

“This industry has taught me that you have to work hard to achieve the perfect image, so my talent is something to brag about,” he said.

The self-taught artist is also inspired by the colors of the rainbow, saying they represent the power of God. “My recent work, which is in Unity Square in Harare’s CBD, is about residents celebrating World Cycling Day which took place on June 3 and reflects how cyclists started the race to the end.

“I was honored to have been chosen by the World Bicycles Organization to present this design,” he said.

Chaumbezwo is based in the high density Glen Norah B suburb of Harare and has featured his works in various galleries including the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Delta Gallery and Picture Frame Pavharanda. Some of his designs include Harare township scenea portrait that shows how the people of Harare function on a daily basis and Harvesta portrait showing how African people harvest after farming.

He however lamented the lack of markets which makes it difficult to sell his products, adding that he would not get tired as every dark cloud had a silver lining.

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Briana R. Cross