Zimbabwe means ‘House of Stones’ and it is located in Southern Africa. It is a landlocked country that lies between the Limpopo River in the south and the mighty Zambezi River in the north.
Harare is the capital city and also the seat of government, while Bulawayo is the second largest city. The country has an estimated population of about 16 million people and 16 official languages. English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely used.
“Rise! Take your mat and walk.”
Writer country: Zimbabwe
“Staan op! Neem jou slaapmat en loop.”
Nonny Mathe is a Zimbabwean born artist who lives in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She studied art at Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre in the late 90s. She has been practicing art for more than15 years.
She has done group exhibitions locally at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and National Gallery of Bulawayo. She has had exhibitions across Africa - Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa - and in Denmark, at the Christa Tribal and Modern Gallery.
Her first solo exhibition was at the National Gallery in Bulawayo, and the second solo exhibition was at The Dancing Fish Gallery at Madi a Thavha, Louis Trichardt. She has received an Awards of Merit in Heritage Exhibition as the best female artist in Visual Arts, Bulawayo. She was also nominated for best exhibition in the National Merit Awards. She is currently a resident artist at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.
The painting portrays people’s lives in the society. Whereby the top part background from right to left represents a transition from a dark difficult past as a nation to a more prosperous and promising future.
The bottom composition is more a display of love, healing and reconciliation as inspired by the story of John 5: 2-9a. The part with vegetation is representative of the potential economic productivity since the nation is an agricultural based economy.
I do abstract and semi abstract figurative paintings with lots of texture and a colorful finish. I am very much inspired by people's lives, the way they relate to each other and the way they view things. I focus mainly on women as a woman myself. Empowerment is also displayed in the work.