In our latest issue, we take a look at three unique artists, each of whom uses their personal experience and aesthetic to create work that is striking in its ability to tell a visual story. Inspired by real-life experiences, the natural world’s beauty, and the human form, these artists all give us something to contemplate and enjoy.
Tackling themes related to life in our most impoverished communities, as well as the cultures and beliefs of young, black men, Richie Madyira creates colourful and predominantly figurative paintings. Richie uses his own experience as inspiration for his work — from his childhood in Harare to his life as an immigrant. Richie was awarded a scholarship for his studies and completed his Fine Arts Diploma at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
He has exhibited his work at various South Africa and Zimbabwe spaces, including the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, AVA Gallery in Cape Town, and the Group Summer Show at RK Contemporary in Riebeek Kasteel. Richie believes passionately in the power of art as a form of communication and the ability of paintings to provide hope and courage to its viewers. Each of his paintings features bold and often unexpected colour combinations to create some interesting juxtapositions.