Richard Witikani

Zimbabwe

Richard Witikani’s landscape paintings evoke the power of land and belonging which has been so deeply contested in Zimbabwe’s history. Witikani has established his career over the last 30 years, working with life drawing, lithography, screenprinting, ceramics and sculpture in addition to painting. Zimbabwean artist and critic Helen Lieros says “Witikani has the power to convey the essence of the land, the landscape and its marks, and enables the viewer to see it in a new way. Free, spontaneous colourful brushstrokes combined with excellent composition reflect the feeling of Zimbabwe and Africa. His colours and the relationship between them records his passion for painting nature and the landscape in a manner that endures”. Witikani’s father was a tractor driver from Malawi, and his mother Zimbabwean. He grew up in a rural environment, recognising this as the source of his art.


Exhibitions, Awards & Collections

Residencies

Thupelo, South Africa, 2005

Villa Waldberta, Starnberg, near Munich, 2002

Artoteek, Dordrecht, Holland, for three months, 2000

 

Awards

2007 Special Mention – Peace through Unity In Diversity, Gallery Delta,  Zimbabwe

1995 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe – Highly Commended (Painting)

1994 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe – Award of Merit (Graphics)

1991 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe – Highly Commended (Painting)

 

Collections

Artoteek Zuidhooste, Amsterdam, Holland

Artoteek, Den Haag, Holland

Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Dordrecht, Holland

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