Mutare teacher takes art to an­other level

The Manica Post - - Education/ Entertainment - Fun­gayi Mun­y­oro En­ter­tain­ment Cor­re­spon­dent

A TEACHER at Mutare Boys has taken the arts in­dus­try by storm af­ter de­vel­op­ing paint­ings that speak to the world about the beauty that ex­ists in the ru­ins of an­cient so­ci­eties.

In an in­ter­view with The Week­ender, Mike Chaumba said he de­vel­oped the love for art at a ten­der age. He said art has be­come part of his life­style.

“I was born with the gift of draw­ing. I was in­ter­ested in draw­ing plants and por­traits. Art has be­come my life­style and I en­joy do­ing it,” he said.

He has par­tic­i­pated in many pres­ti­gious events where he show­cased his cre­ativ­ity.

“Art has taken me to places. I have show­cased my work at the Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tion Fes­ti­val of Arts in Zim­babwe (TIFAZ), Re­search and In­tel­lec­tual Out­put So­cial Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion (RIOSET) in 2015 and 2016 re­spec­tively. I won the first prize.

“I have also pre­sented my work at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair and MANISA. I have won sev­eral ac­co­lades when I was still a high school stu­dent to date,” he said.

He said the se­cret of his suc­cess lies in hard work.

“I work very hard to de­velop paint­ings that speak both to me and oth­ers. It also speaks about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween God and man es­pe­cially the fall of mankind.

“Be­fore I start paint­ing, I have to read as much as I can about the spe­cific set of ru­ins I would be about to recre­ate on my can­vas. I just do not want to merely cap­ture the im­age with my brushes, but rather to give that so­ci­ety life once more. I try with ev­ery fin­ished work to breathe life into a long for­got­ten cul­ture so that its de­sign, ideas, in­no­va­tive­ness and life­styles are dis­played on my can­vas.

“The chal­lenge as with any recre­ated mo­ment from the past is to not car­i­ca­ture the mo­ment, but in­stead cap­ture it in all its for­mer glory. My art does not speak only for me but for peo­ple who were long ago si­lenced,” he said.

Chaumba was born in Mberengwa and at­tended Lundi Park Pri­mary School in Gweru. He later trans­ferred to Mutare where he en­rolled at Mutare Boys High School for his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. In 2014, he en­rolled at Mary Mount Teach­ers Col­lege for a three year teach­ing diploma. He is cur­rently a teacher at Mutare Boys High School where he is tak­ing on prac­ti­cal Art with Form One to Six classes.

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