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Q&A with Victor Nyakauru

Award-winning visual artist Victor Nyakauru was crowned Winner of the first PPC Imaginarium Award for Sculpture in Zimbabwe.

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  • Tell us about yourself. Where are you based and what projects/undertakings are you involved in currently?

I am a Harare-based visual artist majoring in sculpture. I have won a number of awards at both local and international level and my work is featured in a permanent collection at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. In 2011, I won the prestigious Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Fellowship for African artists at Vermont Studio Center (US). I am currently working on a project with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in which students cast concrete benches for their school.

 

  • At what point did you become interested in sculpture? What sparked the desire to enter a creative field?

I became interested in sculpture as a small boy; I used to make so many things. I was introduced to sculpture at the Visual Art Studios of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

 

  • Do you have any formal training and/or qualifications? If so, from where?

I was trained in Creative Art and Design at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Art Studios.

 

  • Who and/or what inspires you as a creative?

I am inspired by Tapfuma Gutsa and Constantin Brancusi – their use of different objects, and the fact that they have their own energy.

 

  • What is your opinion of the art and design industries in Zimbabwe?

In Zimbabwe, the art and design industries have the potential to generate more revenue. They need to be funded.

 

  • As a creative, what part of the PPC Imaginarium Awards did you find the most rewarding/fulfilling?

Industrial design seems much more fulfilling in the sense that concrete is able to replace other materials, such as wood, plastic and metal.

 

  • What role can a platform like the PPC Imaginarium Awards play among emerging creatives in your industry?

PPC is doing a good job promoting art. However, there is a need to find more avenues in the arts to promote young artists, such as residences for award winners, to teach them more and help them learn from other perspectives.

 

  • What are your plans for the future?

My dream is to be commissioned to produce a big public work made from concrete; Harare has very few public works. For this, I hope to work with PPC Zimbabwe.

 

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