Tanzanian artist in need of support for training course in Switzerland

08Mar 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Tanzanian artist in need of support for training course in Switzerland

TANZANIAN visual artist, Masoud Kibwana, has landed an opportunity to participate in a wildlife painting course in Schoftland, Switzerland.

Masoud Kibwana works on one of his artworks in Dar es Salaam recently.

ibwana is currently a member of Dar es Salaam's arts center, Nafasi Art Space.

Nafasi Art Space Director, Rebecca Corey, revealed the prestigious course will focus on pastel colour techniques, which is a method  that is not currently taught in Tanzania.

Corey said the course will feature a three-day workshop slated for May 25– 27.

"Upon returning from Switzerland, Kibwana will conduct a 3-5 day workshop on drawing with pastels that will provide training for 15 -20 additional Tanzanian artists," she said.

Kibwana, as disclosed by Corey, held an exhibition at The Bay restaurant in Dar es Salaam on February 23 with the aim of raising  funds for the course.

"We managed to raise Tsh. 1,655,250/- for Kibwana's trip to his wildlife painting with pastel's workshop in Switzerland but the raised  sum still remains short of what is required for him to take his place at the course," she said. 

"Any further support to Kibwana to get him to his goal would still be greatly appreciated."

Kibwana has been showcasing his visual art's skills at Nafasi Art Space since 2014 and has grown to be one of the foremost pinters in  the country.

His unique personal style blends elements of cubism with African figurative art. 

Kibwana’s paintings on canvas capture the beauty, culture and traditions (old and new) of the East African people.

He is also a committed mentor and teacher to many young aspiring Tanzanian artists, many of whom have shown great promise the  field because of his mentorship, as noted by Corey.

"Despite having shown work all over the world, from an art expo in China to the United Nation headquarters in New York, this would  be Kibwana’s first overseas trip as an artist, an important opportunity to expand his networks and be inspired by the global art scene,"  Corey revealed.

Meanwhile, visual art enthusiats in Dar es Salaam are set to be treated to an intriguing exhibition by Nafasi Art Space's Artists in  Residence, Miguel Costales from Spain and Mike Kyalo from Kenya.

Corey said the exhibition centers on life and hustle on the Swahili coast.