South African Artist, Kudakwashe Gavi
Born and raised in Bulawayo, Kudakwashe showed raw talent from an early age. He was encouraged to portray his interpretation of his world in the form of art. This sparked an inherent desire within him to turn this talent into a career.Following his completion of school in 1999, Kudakwashe went on to study Art at the Mzilikazi Art and Crafts Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2001. During his studies, he was introduced to many influential artists and art associations. After completing his course, he was invited to participate in what turned out to be his first group exhibition – held at the Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo in 2001, which officially launched his professional career as an artist.At seeing the budding potential of this African artist, in January 2002 the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo awarded Kudakwashe with a sponsorship, offering him a working studio, including all the art materials needed for a year. This bolstered Kudakwashe’s determination to succeed and develop as a noteworthy artist. He stayed on as a resident artist at the gallery studios from 2002 to 2004, during which he participated in a number of local and national exhibitions.