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The Chinhoyi Art Exhibition that was hosted by Hillock Arts Foundation recently in partnership with the Ripe Fig Coffee Shop exposed untapped talent that is abound, especially among youths. The exhibition, which was also a cultural exchange platform, was attended by mostly upcoming artists, who showcased a lot of thought-provoking art.

While there was no specific theme for the exhibition, what was prominent was the rural African lifestyle that was being portrayed.

Artworks ranged from two to three-dimensional and were made of various raw materials. Among the outstanding work was that of Chinhoyi University graduate Dominic Mutema.

The multi-talented visual artist presented interesting pieces such as one that provoked the topic of polygamy.

In a painting of an African man going to the fields with his two wives, both pregnant and holding same-aged children, which depicts the lifestyle of polygamists.

Just like all his other paintings, Mutema said the artwork “Barika” was inspired by the society that he grew up in.

“These are some of the things that I was exposed to, especially in my rural home of Mhangura. It is entitled ‘Barika’ and shows competition and scramble for supremacy by women who are married to one man.

“There are a lot of interesting stories that I got to find out about their lifestyles and the painting portrays a tip of the iceberg,” he said.

The artist said he had extended his artistry to fashion and graphic designing, among other disciplines.

His other noticeable piece was that of a young ostrich that was made of scrap metal from a wheelbarrow.

Other forms of creative art came in the from contemporary bead jewellery by beads artists. The duo proved that art could be incorporated in our day-to-day lives to make lives beautiful.

Themba Mapondera, on the other hand, took creativity to another level when he showcased beautiful craft made out of cattle horns. The fine artist made various birds like the stock, eagle and sea birds.

“I started this when I was in Chiweshe upon seeing my brother, who was a specialist in our rural home. I have managed to perfect it, selling to customers in South Africa, Japan and the United states,” he said.

Another exhibitor, Dion Mukamba from Mvurwi, also explored the rich culture of various native African tribes like the Maasai and the Himba people.

While he also depicted the local culture, he said he was mostly inspired by the rich tribes, most of whom have stayed true to their roots even in the 21st century where technology has seen them eroded.

“I do a lot of research into these fascinating lifestyles and I use my paintings to share it with people,” he said.

The youngest of the exhibitors was a four-year-old self-taught artist.

Speaking during the event, artistic director of Hillock Arts Foundation Raphael Jamu said artists should not be discouraged.

Source : The Herald

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