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A Gifted Fine Painter

IN a recent interview Keith Zenda shared his artistic journey saying, “painting started by drawing of cartoons in books and boards in 1997 when he was doing grade 6″. He realized this talent in 2001, after devoting himself to the top Times Message under Pastor Martin Gumbura.

Painting and drawing like music pervade and permeates all areas of social, public, and personal issues. Painting perpetuates culture since it includes everything that happens in society; that’s customs, beliefs, values, and artifacts which will be handed down from one generation to a different.

A staunch painter, Zenda revealed that he’s a breadwinner and is that the firstborn out of a family of six. He started selling his paintings in 2003 and other people highly appreciate his works even beyond borders.

“I got this talent from God’s assurance that says: “I will bless the work of your hands and that I trust that with God everything is possible”, says Keith.

“Painting has become a full-time business and therefore the market is sweet in Botswana, Mozambique and that i am heading to South Africa where there’s an honest opportunity for giant galleries”.

“Last week I used to be in South Africa, Cape Town for a gallery and that they wanted me to sign a contract. one among my associates restrained me from doing that since this was to throw me to servitude and South Africans are taking advantage of Zimbabweans desperations”, he added.

Keith says he once sealed an effect on Richard Rains which flopped due to economic constraints. most people appreciate arts especially painting but don’t have enough resources to get equipment. He also added that in Zimbabwe arts aren’t and aren’t getting any support from the govt.

He revealed that the govt should actually allocate allow arts, a bit like the farming sector. Keith has it that arts can bring vast foreign currency within the country.

Artists of various genres strongly requested the National Arts Council to help them by providing a platform which will enable them to showcase their artistic prowess to the general public.

“Lack of unity among artists and distancing themselves from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) is causing untold damage among the artist. Like in Bulawayo where artists are united, Gweru should also do the same”, says Keith.

Zenda further requested the NACZ to assist in enabling them to accumulate money for loans from the banks to support their works.

The festive season for 2009 has left the humanities industry bleeding, as most artists flee to neighboring countries. Most artists have relocated to South Africa and Botswana. Gweru may be a melting pot of arts.