Tendai Gumbo Wilkinson brought to ´ace a whole new culture expressed through his work and performances. Originally from Zimbabwe and temporarily based in Venezuela, Tendai’s work expresses a symbiotic relationship with nature and the body.
The visual arts have been my passion from my upbringing in Zimbabwe until today, when I teach and practice art in Venezuela. I choose to use what is available in each medium, whether it is cloth or clay, manufactured or an object from nature, to make works that describe my personal experience regarding inner questioning or discoveries and travels. Each work is a page of my diary. The environment inspires me, but I often let my thoughts and experiences be the guide for my visual expression.
This residency will be an excellent opportunity to reflect, explore and produce works of art that speak to different communities more than myself. My African heritage is a part of me that I enjoy sharing. My contemporary education and exposure gives me the possibility to reach people from different backgrounds to mine. I believe that the arts heal, I believe that they speak a language that everyone can understand. I intend to produce works, share and teach using my work and experience as a communication and learning bridge. I know that art is an inherent knowledge and a gift to treasure.
Tendai Gumbo Wilkinson
1974 | Zimbabwe
Lives in Caracas, Venezuela
2009 | BA in English, Fine Arts and Religious Studies, University of Southern Africa, South Africa
2001 | Earth and Hand.com, Alliance Françoise, Harare, Zimbabwe
2002 | Zimbabwe Heritage, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe International Film Festival Woman in Art Exhibition.
In the last years she has also exhibited in France, Venezuela and in 2012 Tendai was artist in residence in the Vytlacil Campus, Sparkill in New York, USA.