Telling the African tale one painting at a time


There was a hive of interest at Wild Geese Lodge final Sunday when 150 visible artists converged for the yearly Art Fes­tival.

The venue became complete of existence, with the stunning works of art on display adding coloration to an already mesmeric atmos­phere. Among the artists showcasing their work at the fete changed into Lawrence Nyemba, whose charming artwork had creditors drooling.

The Victoria Falls-primarily based satisfactory artist does wonders with the paintbrush. He creates portions that are not most effective smooth on the eye and raises the target audience’s curiosity.

His paintings are encumbered with rich African testimonies—subjects variety from traditional inspired human snapshots to wild fauna. Women and youngsters’ faces are also amongst his preferred subjects.

His interest in detail can’t break out any severe art lover. He uses his creativity to carry out a lot of emotion and deliver existence to the artwork.


Born in 1991 in Marondera, Nyemba fell in love with artwork at an early age, having found that he could create higher drawings than his peers’ maximum.

“As a kid, I would compete with my pals to see who should produce better drawings, and I continually came out on top,” he said, including, “Drawing has always been a considerable a part of my life to the volume that after we were given diagrams to draw in the course of assessments at school, I might experience liberated because that is wherein my electricity changed into.”

With his relatives’ circle of unsupportive of his artwork pursuit, he took a distinctive path after finishing excessive faculty, heading to Kenya. He was skilled to be a fitness instruct, an adventure that he abandoned halfway.

From Kenya, his next vacation spot became South Africa, wherein he got a task smooth­ing vehicles at a Toyota dealership, a place wherein his inventive calling was by chance reignited.

“While I turned into cleaning motors, one purchaser ordered me to throw out the whole lot that was in her vehicle, and there has been a plastic bag containing oil paints and a few brushes. I asked her if I may want to sell off them as nicely, and he or she said yes, stating that she turned into bored to death with art.

“Instead of throwing away these mate­rials, I kept them and started coaching myself away to paint. After a while, I started getting a grip on the craft.”

Besides cleaning vehicles, the young man also mastered some hints about mechanics and would soon lend another process at a car-tuning business enterprise. However, he turned into now not being paid a lot as he lacked proper qualifications.

“One day I determined to paint the posh cars that clients have been bringing to the storage, and after realizing that they liked my artwork and that I turned into being paid more for the artwork than I was getting as a mechanic, I quit and decided to mission into artwork complete time.

“Things became a bit hard as my artwork assignment did not take off as I had antic­ipated, which pressured me to come back again home in 2014.”

His mother becomes nonetheless no longer supportive of a profession in the artwork. She counseled him to take French lessons at Alliance Francaise, hoping that he would mission into tourism as a French guide. After completing his French direction, he moved to the tourism hub, Victoria Falls, hoping to lend a process. However, that became now not an easy challenge.

“My French wasn’t good enough to be a guide, but then I realized a lot of human beings had been surviving on artwork. I told myself that this changed into my international and that I could not go anywhere, no matter what my own family stated.

“The first few months were very diffi­cult because I did now not have absolutely everyone display­ing me the ropes however, then, as time went on, things started out getting higher as I grew more informed approximately the enterprise. While my circle of relatives had been now not supportive in the beginning, they have got now come round and are honestly happy with my work.”

Some of his artwork price as plenty as US$1 500, with his most important markets being Victoria Falls and severa art galleries in other elements of us of a.