Tawananyasha Chigwazo was born in Mbare, Harare in 1994. He is a self-taught artist and plays the mbira and guitar. He has not yet exhibited in a gallery but has privately sold his paintings. In 2019 he was commissioned by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to do paintings for their Regional Head Office in Harare.
My name is Tawananyasha Chigwazo from Mbare National, Harare. I was born on 4 December 1994 in Mbare. I started drawing at a young age. I am a self-taught artist. Ndiri mukomana asinga faririre zveshamari (antisocial). Kwete kuti ndakavenga vanhu ndotoshaya nguva nevanhu. Kutoswera nemunhu chaiko kunotondinetsa ndenge ndisiri comfort, ndongodakuswera ndiri ndega ndichiita. [I am antisocial, not because I do not like people, but because I just don’t have the time for people.]
Art yaisatombova mumusoro mangu asi italent raingovao mandiri asi ndisinga zvizive ndapedza form 4 ndopandikatanga kuzvifarira mbichana mbichana handina kana kutombotora ma months three dzapfura ndange ndakutogona kudrawer zvinhu sezvachinenge chiri ndakutona kuti zvazvinenge zvitori mumawoko so zvaindipa Simba rekuramba ndichingoda kuita art chete. [I never thought of becoming an artist, but after form four I started to enjoy art slowly but surely. After three months I could draw really well and that gave me the inspiration to continue drawing.]
Everyday ndichinogara KuMbare musika ndini uyo ne sketch book rangu ndaiita kana 5 hours ndakagara murenk muma bus muye ndichiita art yezvinhu zvese zvese zvandainge ndangoona, kwakatopedzisira kwatokubasa every day maskati kubasa ndozodzoka hanguu kumba later, kana ndaneta. [Everyday I am at Mbare Musika with my sketchbook. I often spend 5 hours a day drawing the things around me by the bus terminus in Mbare, then when I am tired I go home. It has sort of become my office.]
Parezvino handisati hanguu nda exhibitor my works material ndoichirikundinetsa asi one day work zvinhu zvinonetsa kuti unoita show nemaworks aunenge uchiita zvekufungidzira kutii ummm anenge akadhakwa hazvidiwe soo. Dai ndawana material netumweo tunhu ndoitaa show. [I have not yet done an art exhibition because I do not have enough work materials yet. I would not feel confident about doing an exhibition without enough material. If I had enough material and other things I would definitely do an exhibition.]
I am yet to exhibit but have sold work to private collectors. I was inspired by Lovemore Kambuzi who used to stay at our house and my work is inspired by township life’s triumphs and hardships.
View Tawananyasha Chigwazo’s artwork here His work is for sale and you can contact him on +263 73 837 1539 or visit number 61 Fourth Avenue, Mbare.