Telling the African tale one painting at a time


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

The venue became complete, with the stunning works of art on display adding coloration to an already mesmeric atmos­phere. Among the artists showcasing their work at the fete was 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 raise the target audience’s curiosity.

His paintings are encumbered with rich African testimonies. Subjects range from traditional-inspired human snapshots to wild fauna. Women and children’s faces are also among his preferred subjects.

His interest in detail will not disappoint any serious art lover. He uses his creativity to evoke emotion and give life to the artwork.

Born in 1991 in Marondera, Nyemba fell in love with artwork early, 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 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 as a fitness instructor, an adventure he abandoned halfway through.

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

“While I turned into cleaning motors, one purchaser ordered me to throw out the whole lot in her vehicle, and there was a plastic bag containing oil paints and a few brushes. I asked her if I may want to sell off them as nicely, and she said yes, stating that she turned 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 was now not being paid much 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 home again in 2014.”

His mother was nonetheless no longer supportive of a profession in the arts. She counseled him to take French lessons at Alliance Francaise, hoping that he would work in tourism as a French guide. After completing his French education, he moved to the tourism hub of Victoria Falls, hoping to lend a hand. However, that became 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 my international and that I could not go anywhere, no matter what my family stated.

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

Some of his artwork is priced as much as US$ 1,500, with his most important markets being Victoria Falls and severa art galleries in other elements of ours.