This is an Artist Feature
Here we shine the spotlight on a particular Artist at Victoria Falls, in this case, Lemington Muzhingi. Enjoy the read!
About Lemington Muzhingi – his beginnings and now
A contribution from Lemington Muzhingi
- Born on September 27th, 1972
- Name – Lemington Muzhingi
- Shona Name – Munyaradzi
- Art Signature – Munyart (combination of Munya + (artist)
A bit of history
I was born in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, in the then Melseter (now Chimanimani), and grew up in Gweru where I went to school.
My dear mother who is now 72, was very religious and I joined her at the local church and played the marimba until I was 15 years old.
It was soon after that I saw the light of Rastafariai and grew up a vegetarian with long dreadlocks, until a few years back when I decided to make some changes in my life.
Getting into Art
My family were artists, so I was exposed to many art forms early on. I used to copy my elder brother’s drawings as a young boy and at school teachers called me a young artist. In Gweru where I grew up, I used to admire a few artists and would go and observe closely how they did their art.
Later while I worked there wasn’t much time to do my art. But when I found myself out of work, I started drawing again with pencil, as well as oil painting and doing batiks. I had really missed my art and was happy to be working on projects again.
How I got to be in Victoria Falls
A world-renowned artist Tapfuma Gutsa advised me to move to Bulawayo, it was here that I started doing serious pencil drawings in 2002.
I was part of an international project in Harare 2003 to 2005. I frequently took my art to galleries in Gaborone Botswana and lived one year in Johannesburg where life was tough for me.
In 2011 a friend took my drawings to Prime Art Gallery at Elephant’s Walk in Victoria Falls. The twin brothers called me to Victoria Falls and I displayed my pencil work in their gallery until Gail Van Jaarsveldt the owner of the mall noticed me.
That’s how I got to be here at Elephant’s Walk. I am happy with my place and the given response.
At work at the Elephant’s Walk Artists Village Shopping Centre
Inspiration – Our glorious African past
Our past is in us.
I feel close to nature and people. Capturing a people with their unique beauty, their decorated traditional dress and daily tools – has challenged and inspired me to draw.
I feel that by putting this into art, it helps raise awareness and appreciation of the African civilizations and cultural beauty which seem to be in danger of being forgotten especially by our own locals.
My wish to have a better environment and more time
It is not ideal of course, trying to draw a masterpiece sitting at the entrance of a busy shopping mall. I have to work fast at a negotiable cheap price and often don’t feel like I’ve done my best. It is a great pleasure to talk to passersby and potential clients about my work even though it does compromise quality
For years and years, I have not been able to produce a single art piece that I am satisfied with, always working to a deadline, knowing that I can do much better than I am.
Kelvin Van Jaarsveldt once told his friend that I am “the best pencil artist in the world” and some tourists don’t believe the drawings were done by the man they are looking.
I dream of having my own studio where I can work peacefully and concentrate without any disturbances. I look forward to making a few masterpieces like I used to do before and then reap what a masterpiece sows.
Lemington’s work is on display at Elephant Walk Shopping Centre. He can be found at the entrance – working on his art every day.
Contact details for Lemington Muzhingi (Munyart)
Facebook – Lemington Munya Muzhingi
WhatsApp – +263 773738449
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Order an Art Cake with Munyart’s artwork printed on the side.