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Wilson


Wilson, Artist
EDUCATION:
Self-Taught
SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY:
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2020- When a big star shines, Thapong Visual Art Centre, Gaborone, Botswana
2019- The Power of Africa Culture Pop Studio, Berlin, Germany
2019- The Human Experience , NHABE MUSEUM, Maun Botswana
2018- Relentless, Thapong visual art center, Gaborone, Botswana
2017 – “Vagaries of Meleko”, Thapong Visual Art Centre, Gaborone, Botswana
2017 – “The Story of the Okavango”, ITB Berlin, Germany
2016 – “The Brush That Smokes”, Alliance Francaise de Gaborone, Botswana
2015 – “Wild Brush”, Nhabe Museum, Maun, Botswana
2014 – “Exhibition and Auction”, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2013 – “Son of the Brush”, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “The Meleko Brush Paints Flowers”, Sanitas Gardens, Gaborone
2011 – “First Retrospective”, Gary and Mary Residency, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “Human Rights”, Alliance Francaise, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “The Right to Remain Silent”, Alliance Francaise de Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “Artist of the Year Exhibit”, Thapong Visual Arts, Gaborone, Botswana
2010 – “One of Us”, Sirmium Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
2009 – “Meleko”, Thapong Visual Arts Center, Gaborone, Botswana
2007 – “Zimbabwe Economic and Political Crisis”, Gaborone, Botswana
2006 – “The Endangered Species Series”, Gaborone Senior Secondary School, World Population Day,
Gaborone, Botswana
2005 – “HIV/AIDS, Behavorial Change”, International Trade Hub at Commerce Park with U.S.A. Embassy,
Gaborone, Botswana
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2014 – “The Dream”, Two Man Exhibit, Thapong Visual Arts Center, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “Back 2 Basics”, Thapong Visual Arts Center, Gaborone, Botswana
2011- – “A Good Harvest”, The Frame Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
2009 – “National Art Expo”, River Walk Mall, Gaborone, Botswana
2009 – “Opening Ceremony for the Royal Bafokeng Stadium”, Rusternburg, South Africa
2008 – “Ichipapusho”, The Residency Gallery, Lusaka, Zambia
2008 – “Artist’s in Botswana”, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
2007 – “Forgotten Treasures”, Octagon Gallery National Museum, Gaborone, Botswana
2007 – “Kgetsi ya tsie”, Thapong Visual Arts Center, Gaborone, Botswana
2007 – “Contemporary Visions of South Africa”, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria South Africa
2001 – “Kalahari Impressions”, The Frame Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
2005 – “Artist’s in Botswana”, Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Gaborone, Botswana
2005 – “Bridge Spotter’s African American Artists Collective Exhibit”, American Cultural Center,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A
LECTURES / PRESENTATIONS:
2011 – “How to Generate an Art Report”, given to Botswana Journalists, Gaborone, Botswana
2010 – “Meleko Method of Painting”, referencing The Endangered Species Series, a collection of paintings
On HIV/AIDS to an audience of Grass Roots Soccer Officials during the 2010 World Cup Games,
Johannesburg, South Africa
JUDGE:
2010 – 2015 Judging Panel, “Peace Poster Contest”, District 412
(Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe)
2006 – Acting Judge “Safer Injection Promotion Poster Exhibition”, Lobatse, Botswana
AWARDS:
2014 – Official Stamps of Botswana, “The Lions of Chobe”, in Circulation
2007 – Artist of the Year, Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Gaborone Botswana
2007 – “Painting Award”, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
RESIDENCIES:
2008 – Insaka Residency, Rockstone Studios, Lusaka, Zambia
CHARITY PRODUCTIONS:
2016 – “Every Child Has a Dream Foundation”, Charity Auction, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – 5 Paintings, “Charity Auction”, The Chinese Woman’s Association, Gaborone, Botswana
2011 – “Healing Art Exhibition”, Charity, Donated Painting to be Displayed in a Hospital of the
Organizers Choice
2009 – “Botswana Baskets” Donated Painting to the Disabled in Tanzania through The Open Land
Program,
Italy
COLLECTIONS:
The President of Malawi H.E Dr. Joyce Banda was presented a Wilson Ngoni painting,
“The Leopard on a Tree”, by the State of Botswana
Their Majesties King Carl XIV Gustaf and Queen Silvia of the Kingdom of Sweden were presented a
Wilson Ngoni painting, “The Zebras” by the State of Botswana
The President of Malawi, His Excellence Dr. Bingu Wa Mutarika was presented a Wilson Ngoni
painting,
“The Savuti Lions” by the State of Botswana
Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) Headquarters, Gaborone, Botswana
Chris Tugwell Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
President of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, was presented a Wilson Ngoni painting,
“Botswana Baskets”, by the State of Botswana
BOOK PUBLISHING:
2014 – “Door’s to My Eye’s, My Journey Through the Corridors of Art”, self-published
2020 – LIVING WITH THE BRUSH, coffee table book, self-published
FILM / PERIODICAL PRODUCTIONS:
“I PAINT TO MAKE HUMANITY HAPPIER”, CNN AFRICAN VOICES documentary 2016
‘PAINTING FROM THE HEART WITH A STORY TO TELL’, CNN African voices DOCUMENTARY
CNN 2018
STORY OF HOPE, a full documentary, BOTSWANA TELEVISION (BTV) (stories of hope) 2019

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Keith Zenda – Fine Artist

Born in 1985 I am a self -taught Fine Artist. As a 6yr old my talent for art was recognized by my Primary School in my birth town of Chirumanzu, Zimbabwe. I knew then already that I wanted to be an artist. I was born to paint! Through this process, I have travelled across borders to South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Mozambique Exhibiting locally and internationally, whilst also commissioned portraits of prominent individuals in Zimbabwe.

My inspiration comes from rural African life, the environment, people in general, religion and the complexities of the human condition ( Human rights, gender roles etc. ). I experiment widely in my subject matter, ranging from depicting children at play, the elderly, daily life, extending into African animal and wildlife. I express my identity through this creative process. The intention for my work to enable the audience to have a sense of being a part of African life, to feel pride and a sense of belonging. I allow experiences in the diverse depiction in my art of rural and towns life. Currently residing in Gweru, I have established an Art Centre. Teaching and uplifting our local community through art.

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Art is life: Tanaka

In primary school, during art lessons, she would always outstand other students as her work was always displayed. That when she realized there was something special that comes alive when she holds a pencil and paper.

For Tanaka, the fact that she is able to put food on the table is beside the point but the feeling of knowing she can touch hearts through art is payment enough. Adding to that is the realization that lives can be changed with her work is mind-blogging enough that it gives purpose to her life.

One of the gravest moments she has ever experienced was losing all her equipment to floods. She decided to keep her cool and decide she could just use the 3 pencils she was left with instead of exhausting herself trying to recover what was lost and she realized that “Less is actually more.”

When asked what it feels like to be a woman in the art industry she simply chuckles and says that it’s more of an opportunity than a challenge. As she recalls many instances when people would doubt her because of her gender and how surprised they would be are after she produces something. Her art is so well defined and beautiful which is just proof that creativity holds no gender.” Of course, there are biases because of it but l don’t let that get to me as my artwork can do the talking for themselves.” She says.

The beauty of her paintings is that they almost always have a feminine touch to them and a person can easily know this was a woman. Then the exhilarating feeling comes when the reality on the audience’s face and surprise that a woman did this is priceless and she keeps getting better and better. In terms of motivation, she is motivated by anything surrounding her which could be a feeling, nature, or a person she is looking at at a particular moment in time. Then whatever she gets from that moment she simply just projects it on paper.

When she gets stuck while drawing she simply takes a 5-minute breather to unwind or rewind. In these breaks she could be easily be playing music, feeling the wind on her skin then she’s back with a fresher view and technique.

Her dream is to become a world-renowned artist and his work displayed all over the world and perhaps she might own her own gallery. So far she has won many annual prizes but is still yet to participate in Exhibitions. Through it all, she would choose art every time she is asked to start over.

To the upcoming artists, she says that they should always give it their all and if you struggle let all that you are feeling or desiring sink in, and eventually, it will blossom out of you.

When asked about the most ignored fact about art is she says people don’t often experience the therapeutic side of art they just experience the beauty of it and not the healing part of it. One needs to really dig deep in their soul and recognize the finer details and allow yourself to feel what the artist is trying to tell you.

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The sky is the Limit

By Martina Kwenda

Kb’s is fascinated by nature which he calls “Gods creativity” and he says nature just inspires and drives his art.  So it not surprising that most of his work has nature as its core subject. He believes he was born an artist so for him art comes naturally as he can’t seem to remember a moment he wasn’t making it. In his own words, he says “Art eases my pain, Art makes me happy and Art completes me.” This sums up his whole love for art it’s almost as if art is his bloodline and he doesn’t know anything else except art.

His mother was his biggest supporter but as a believer in God doesn’t shut a  door without opening another as he believes God then blessed him with grandparents that support him completely. It seems as if he hasn’t had to struggle much in this field as it probably what he was called to or he doesn’t see them as obstacles but rather as stepping stones to his Greater Calling.

One of the hardest moments in life came in the form of South Africa who asked me to do a little project for him, on completion they blocked me on all social media platforms. That was a hardball to swallow but he simply just prayed and found refuge in God.

In 10 years he hopes he will own a huge media firm that does both art and graphic designing. The main focus will be supporting local artists as Ethelartconnect Enterprise has done for him. KB does a lot of Ethelart’s designs and is involved in their many projects is grateful for them for exposure and marketing.

His advice to upcoming is that once you take the first step in starting your journey believe in yourself as l can promise you it won’t be easy but with God all things are possible.

He says to the upcoming artists if you know that art is your destiny then don`t allow anything to stop keep the dream alive but doing whatever you need to do. He says he knows the journey will definitely not be easy but if you are a go-getter and have the blessings of God walking with you, you will make it no-matter what. ”So fellow artist take the first step

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ETHELARTCONNECT: The new hotspot for art lovers

By Martina Kwenda

Ethelartconnect is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as they have a lot of exhibitions to their name. Their most recent project titled #Mirrorartchallenge a project created by Emilia Rozario, an Italian painter among other things in conjunction with Ethelartconnect Enterprise.

 The theme was Reflections of change where people would take selfies with a mirror and make a drawing or a quote on how the pandemic made them feel. Ethelartconnect turned it into a competition for variety so the drawings are now in the process of being judged with a few people to set to win. The winners will compete on a global level and the overall winner will have a chance to see their work published internationally.  Rozario intends to create a book based on this so the Winner of the Competition is going to gain a lot.

Ethelartconnect was founded on the precepts of creating a platform for artists to be able to do their work without discrimination. For some galleries you have to be educated to be able to join in but what of those who were denied or those that are not blessed intellectually. This was the thinking of its founder, Ruvimbo Kadyevu when she decided to start this company. So Ethelartconnect has been in the business of promoting the rising artists and helping them will the marketing and promotion of their work through exhibitions and Art classes amongst other things.

Since the company began many art exhibitions are held every Saturday for exposure and the artist would have to do live paintings at Alliance Francaise. Their first big solo exhibition was held there in Harare with a dance crew, live paintings, and various artworks from different artists. Ethelartconnect participated in the Rainbow Towers UN National Youth Summit SDG launch and Ethelart’s owner Ruvimbo Kadyevu’s interview was the only one published. Another big exhibition was at the Kentucky Impact Business Conference in 2019.

In 2020 Ethelartconnect managed to only do three exhibitions before the Covid19 pandemic hit.  Artists from Ethelart showcased their work at Zimbabwe’s Arts Festival in February 2020 at the National Arts Centre. The company then attended the University of Zimbabwe`s Art festival in March and on the same day they attended a Musical Concert.

In terms of publicity, the first solo exhibition was published by Zimbabwe’s own Daily News. All these exhibitions were successful because of the sales made and the exposure of some artists who hadn’t had any exhibitions done before. The #Mirrorartchallenge is the best project yet because it became worldwide and   Ethelartconnect Enterprise is the next big spot for art lovers. Since these events, there has been a lot of engagement and sponsors for this upcoming new Hotspot.

As of right now, Ethelart continues to encourage their artists and looking for projects so they can be one of the best galleries internationally. The journey is not easy but they hope through team-work, drive and determination they will be among the best within a short period of time. Especially now with the Covid19 pandemic stopping a lot of projects, it’s going to be a struggle but perseverance is key at Ethelartconnect Enterprise.

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Draw me a picture

By Martina Kwenda

Brandon was very lucky because he was enrolled in a school that accommodated art from form 1 to 6 at Churchill Boys High. However, he didn’t write an exam as his mother didn’t allow him for reasons she never explained. However, with all that experience it is shocking to know that he only became good at drawing faces in 2020 so the practice does make perfect indeed.

Brandon is very grateful to the owner of Ethelartconnect, Ruvimbo Kadyevu, for the support she has given him. She has helped him even beyond his career so she’s the reason why he dreams of becoming a huge success so he can also help upcoming artists like him.

Life, in general, hasn`t been nice to Brandon but he continues to thrive through it all. He lost his mother in 2015 and due to hardships, he was forced to leave his daily job and take up art as a full-time job.  This wasn’t easy as but it had to be done and through God’s provision, he says he has made it, he has met famous people and public figures because of his art.

He has never had it easy but as the breadwinner, at a very young age, he is the breadwinner of his family and art has made it possible to attend to the basic needs of his siblings. He says art has made him closer to his family and they are the ones that give him support. His family consists of his three sisters, older brother, father, and step-mother and they give him strength. He also has three friends that support him immensely. His mother was always his biggest supporter and is the reason why he has held steadfast to his dreams.

Brandon is so proud and grateful to have been able to participate in exhibitions hosted by Ethelartconnect.  He did appearances at Alliance Francaise and at Kentucky Hotel. And the motivation lays behind the dream to be his own boss He hoped in a few years he will be his own boss.

His words of advice to upcoming artists are Proverbs 18: 16 “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”

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A unique story: Marshy

By Martina Kwenda (Ethelartconnect Creative Writer)

Let’s make Art Whirl around like a healing hand.”

  • Marshal Chauke Matose

If these words don’t make your heartache then I don’t know what will, they touched me so deeply I almost cried. Marshal Chauke Matose at the age of 23 has already adopted the attitude of a true Master as this is what he has to say to all fellow artists, rising or upcoming. He even now has a trademark name amongst his peers which is “The Great Painter”

Marshal a water-colorist is a man of a few words but speaks great volumes in his artworks on a daily basis. Apparently, he finds inspiration from what he experiences daily with nature He believes each God-given day is filled with mystery and there is always something to appreciate.

The main agenda for his paintings are in creating oneness with nature as he believes that Mother Nature “in her inmost eyes sees how we love her through art.” Marshal says that he remembers his very first paint vividly because it was inspired by a vision he had but he created the piece after talking to his Grandmother based in the United Kingdom.

The vision was of him wearing a heavy and touching sound that had a crystallizing effect on his ears. He didn’t understand till he closed his eyes and tried expressing it through painting and thus he named it “The Little Robin”. I guess it was this crystalizing that influences his becoming a water-colorist.

He is very grateful to his grandmother who bought him his first piece of equipment and stood by him till he was able to afford to buy them on his own. He is also grateful to his friends all over Europe that help him a lot so he can create his art.

On the struggles of being an artist, he says it’s hard to have to accept the reality of not making consistent sales. It’s very hard because that his only source of income but he believes in God’s timing and is sure his time will come.

When asked where he sees himself in the next five to ten years he had an unusual and interesting answer. He just says that he doesn’t really have anything specific he just hopes his hard work, determination, and faith will see him through.

Marshal has done a lot of exhibition and is still amazed at how he got as lucky to perform at some of the huge exhibition he performed. He says you can’t help but accredit it all to God because it doesn’t make sense. For example, he is an Ethelartconnect Enterprises building artist meaning he does a live drawing of the building where an exhibition is done and the drawing is then given gist to the hosts.

To his fellow artist, he says that they should keep on keeping on no matter what and that they should appreciate even the small wins.