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Interview with an artist

One of the artists we met in Cape Town was a talented young man named Thamba. His specialty is oil paintings on canvas. Here is a brief interview with him.


Question: Describe your painting technique.

Answer: My painting technique is oil on canvas. I use a palette knife instead of a brush to paint. I find it gives me more texture and character. I also find that it enhances the feeling of movement in my paintings.    

Question: What inspires you to paint?  

Answer: I started painting in high school. Art was subject I enjoyed ever since I can remember. I would draw pretty much everything I saw. Its the one classroom in which I always felt comfortable in.    

Question: What are your likes and dislikes  

Answer: :-) if I say the first thing that pops up you’ll think I’m a bad boy :-) Sports, I’m a bit of a sport junkie. I play everything from rugby, basketball, golf to soccer. I like engaging in political dialogue, got a feeling most people like this too. Love spending time with my family.    

Question: tell me a little about your life growing up  

Answer: I grew up in a town called Mutare in Zimbabwe. Its not very big and most of the action happened at the sports club. I guess a bit of me is still a small town boy.    

Question: It’s so cool that you’re a twin!  

Answer: Yes I’ve got a twin brother. His name is Vurain. He an economics lecturer in the UK.    

Question: You are also a model  

Answer: Yep I model for www.ymodels.co.za. Been at it for almost 4 years. Here’s my profile: http://www.ymodels.co.za/portfolio.asp?id=13492&p=10&pc=11&g=male&Type=c    

about the author

I have been fortunate enough to live in different countries in Africa, and I take every opportunity to visit more. The countries I have been to include Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. Cultures are unique in each country and I love the artwork in each country. Of course I love my continent too and I try to educate others about it through art.

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