Trained as a printmaker at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, Zimbabwean artist Raymond Fuyana (b. 1995) is a self-taught painter whose surrealist oil paintings reference his dream life and its liberatory potential.

Water is a central element in these dreams – both soft and hard, it signifies the artist’s interest in the environment and the need to protect it.

View Raymond’s work in the Fresh Voices 2021 catalogue.

As a deaf person, Raymond relocated to St Vincent School of the Deaf in 2009 in order to learn sign language. Raymond’s protagonist is accompanied everywhere by an anthropomorphic emoji — the ‘picture character’ used ubiquitously in electronic messaging. The emoji, often sitting comfortably in a toy box, is a marker for the artist’s own particular relationship to technology and the mobile phone, and its capacity to aid his communication. Raymond participated in the Strauss & Co. Commission for the J.H Pierneef interpreted collection, and exhibited at Turbine Art Fair in 2017 and 2018, when he won 1st prize in the printmaking category in the Strauss & Co Irma Stern Still Life Competition.


  • 2022 African Galleries Now, African Art Galleries Association, Artsy
  • 2021 Those Summer Night, Guns & Rain Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2021 Fresh Voices, Guns & Rain Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2021 Home Coming, RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center, Online
  • 2021 Joburg Fringe @ The Art Room, Johannesburg
  • 2019 Rise or Fall (Unknown Tomorrow), Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria
  • 2019 After a Fair, The Art Room, Johannesburg
  • 2019 Latitudes Art Fair, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg
  • 2018 Irma Stern original Still Life Competition, Strauss and Co. Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg.
  • 2018 Edition Variable Graduate show, Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg
  • 2017 J.H Pierneef Original Works Strauss and Co., Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

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