Buffalo and Oxpecker
The oxpeckers are two species of birds -- the red-billed oxpecker and the yellow-billed oxpecker -- that live in sub-Saharan Africa. The oxpeckers perform a symbiotic relationship with the large, hoofed mammals of the area.This buffalo seems to be at peace with the oxpecker. There is some debate as to whether the relationship between the oxpecker and its host truly is symbiotic, or whether the oxpecker is semi-parasitic. However this artwork represents how extraordinary mutually beneficial relationships can result from unexpected sources!
Painting 16" x 11.58" // Framed 22.6" x 18.6" x 0.60"
This is the first part of a collection of paintings from Harare, Zimbabwe, curated by Valeria Tasuri, who is doing important and heartwarming work mentoring young artists. Valeria is an advocate of changing the mind-set of stereotypical communities and the negative perceptions of Africans towards their own craft and artwork. Local craft and art is often associated with ancestral worship which is, however, not factual. Valeria is a life changing, mind-set transforming, and community awareness guru, building sales and awareness through digital awareness and public relations. Valeria works with the talented artistic marginalized members of the community, especially the women and youth. Her ethos is inspiring the world through diversity.
This painting is by Moses Eye, a young artist also from Harare, Zimbabwe. Art is in his genes, having had a mother who had exceptional artistic talent and who would knit, crotchet and engrave designs on blanket covers. His grandfather was an artist who also loved painting. Both passed away but the artistic flair in them still lives on in this young man. Moses has especially mastered the art of African Wildlife and traditional living. Moses is a passionate young man who is set for the skies. His other passion besides painting is music. He sings local dance hall reggae music.
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