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.

Fuyana’s paintings are a fantastical, gravity-defying gateway to touring the world and bring it to a standstill. His multiple references to trees and water signifies the artist’s interest in the environment and the need to protect it.

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As a deaf person, Raymond relocated to St Vincent School for the Deaf, Johannesburg, in 2009 in order to learn sign language. In his paintings, Raymond’s protagonist is often accompanied by an anthropomorphic emoji — the ‘picture character’ used ubiquitously in electronic messaging. The emoji 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. In 2021, Raymond was part of Guns & Rain’s annual Fresh Voices show. Raymond’s work has been shown at Art Joburg (2022) and as part of African Galleries Now (2022) on Artsy. Raymond’s work was also selected for a special Artsy campaign at public transport metro stations in NYC, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco and Miami (April 2022).



Exhibitions

  • 2022 FNB Art Joburg, Guns & Rain
  • 2022 African Galleries Now, African Art Galleries Association X Artsy
  • 2021 Those Summer Night, Guns & Rain, 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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