Artist brings life into pic­tures

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Health/gender/national News - Robin Muchetu Se­nior Re­porter

WHEN you look at his art work, you can­not tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the draw­ing and the orig­i­nal pic­ture.

That is how good 24-year-old Lib­erty Shuro’s work is. This bud­ding artist uses art to breathe life into still pic­tures.

Shuro was born in Bu­l­awayo 1996 but is now based in Gweru where he is stay­ing with his par­ents.

“I was in­tro­duced to art when I was eight years old after I saw the beau­ti­ful things that pen­cils could do such as cre­at­ing tex­ture, depth and il­lu­sions. I started draw­ing cartoons as a young boy and I fell in love with art,” he said.

As he con­tin­ued school­ing, his pas­sion for art also grew as he started draw­ing por­traits.

He con­tin­ued to im­prove his paint­ings with in­spi­ra­tion from other great artists such as Dirk Dz­imirsky, Kelvin Okafor and other lo­cally based artists such as John Ma­hove and Mar­vel­lous Man­gena.

So real look­ing are Shuro’s draw­ings that one would mis­take them for the orig­i­nal pho­to­graph.

Shuro wants to por­tray life in his work and works pre­dom­i­nantly in draw­ing, al­though he uses other medi­ums such as paint.

He said when he started, he faced the chal­lenge of lim­ited sup­port from his fam­ily. In 2015 he de­cided that he would take art as a ca­reer re­sult­ing in him en­rolling at Mutare Polytech­nic for a one-year course in Art and De­sign in 2016.

Shuro has won sev­eral awards at the Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions Fes­ti­val of Arts in Zim­babwe. He has ex­hib­ited his work at Ve­ran­dah Gallery and Wild Geese Art fes­ti­val in Harare.

He is work­ing on a project for the In­ter­na­tional Botan­i­cal Art Ex­hi­bi­tion to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa next year.

His work has been sold to In­ter­na­tional gal­leries such as the Cul­tural Her­itage Gallery lo­cated in Arusha, Tan­za­nia.

How­ever, Shuro says he is fac­ing some chal­lenges bor­der­ing on poor sup­port lo­cally due to eco­nomic chal­lenges the coun­try is fac­ing.

“There is stiff com­pe­ti­tion in his field, lack of knowl­edge from the lo­cal peo­ple is also an­other prob­lem as peo­ple do not know the im­por­tance and value of art,” he said.

There is also short­age of qual­ity art ma­te­ri­als from the lo­cal in­dus­try to the ex­tent that artists have to im­port some from other coun­tries such as the United States.

Shuro thinks that to ad­dress some of these chal­lenges af­fect­ing lo­cal peo­ple es­pe­cially in Zim­babwe, ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns must be in­tro­duced at schools.

Shuro did his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Takunda Pri­mary School in Gweru. In 2008, he at­tended Mkoba 1 High School for his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion but later trans­ferred to Herentals Col­lege where he wrote his Or­di­nary Level ex­am­i­na­tions.

Lib­erty Shuro with his art work

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