Painting her way

04 August 2008

Engineering art: Tafadzwa Mukwashi's Diaspora.

Not many people would imagine that electrical engineering would attract a creative artist, but Tafadzwa Mukwashi, in her second year at UCT, has her creations hanging in private collections at home in Zimbabwe, and also in Australia, Austria, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK. Her paintings have helped pay for her studies.

Mukwashi never considered herself an artist while at school, and gave up art as an A-level subject, but after school she started painting as a hobby. Someone noticed her work and asked her for a copy, and from there the word spread.

She has held successful exhibitions in Zimbabwe, and was part of the Contemporary Visions of Southern Africa exhibition held in the Pretoria Art Museum recently.

Mukwashi has donated one of her works to the Legal Resources Centre, which is hosting the Justice for All art auction that will pay tribute to the contributions of Lady Felicia Kentridge, Dr Albertina Sisulu and the vision that established the Legal Resource Centre.

More information can be found on her website.

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