Tichaona Mudhobhi

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Tichaona Mudhobhi
Location: Bulawayo
Artwork statement: “Creating a fish that plays the violin is a concept that illustrates a new way of making a difference with what we have. Who has ever thought of changing the shape of a violin? The idea of taking a banjo and making it a violin is a perfect metaphor for innovation. I often hear people ask what happened to our industries, not realizing that industries have been revolutionized by new ideas behind our small backyards. We only need to embrace new ways of facing reality. The idea of the fish playing the violin is packed with ideas that can change the face of innovation. She plays her violin, she sings her new song, she is so pregnant with the future, she is a character in an animation film.”

Q&A:

  • What was your experience with art as a child and growing up?

On my first day in school, the teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told her: “I wish to make a painting of you.” Everyone laughed, but from that day on she gave me books about art and asked me to make posters for her. She said: “This young man will make it in life because he has found what he wants to do with his hands.” 

  • How did it evolve over time?

In secondary school, I started going to Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre during my holidays. My uncle became my inspiration, and my father hung my best work in his office. Art has always been my therapy. Now, I try to help people discover their potential through art.

  • What do you think sets you apart from other artists in Zimbabwe?

I am the founding director of Takunda Youth Development Trust, an organization with a vision to develop communities through art. I hope to do international art therapy workshops to help individuals, groups, and organizations.

Artwork title: Banjo violin