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Obert Jongwe


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Artist Bio

Obert was born on the 3rd of April in 1980 in the rural Mt Darwin in Northern Zimbabwe. During his early years he became interested in drawing through assignments given to him at school. When he became friends with an artist, Tichaona in 1999, he realized that he wanted to become one as well. Through minimal information supplied by his friend, Obert started visiting galleries and studying the different arts around him.

In 2000 he saw the work of a Zimbabwean artist, Tendai Nhavira. This inspired Obert to start painting.

From the first moment of taking painting seriously, Obert knew that he was fulfilling his destiny, working and suffering on this new journey. From the very beginning his work was highly regarded by the galleries, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

His vibrant colors and bold style, depicting the native scenes around him, quickly found their way into homes and hearts. Though young, he takes his work very seriously, reflecting the moods of his subjects at various times of

interaction with a brutal honesty. Since then his work has been taken up in major galleries across Africa, including the Zimbabwe National Gallery, and acquired by collectors of modern artwork. Obert had his first solo show with the Rossouw Modern in 2010, and participates regularly in group exhibitions nationally.

“ What I see and feel is art, so I paint!”