I Shall Not Speak. Framed oil paint on paper. Zimbabwe Collection

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I Shall Not Speak.  This is reminiscent of the Rhodesian colony era when the black man used to work with blood, sweat and tears in farms to produce a bumper crop for his Master. He would not utter a word of revolt but remain silent, keeping the pain inside in order to see another day.

Let us keep fighting for the freedoms we have and, those we want for future generations.  Let us live in gratitude for the fights of those who came before us, paving the way for the freedoms we enjoy.  Gratitude, yes, but never complacent.  Freedoms won can be lost again.  He could not speak- but you can!

Painting 6" x 8" //  Framed 13.5" x 11.5" x 0.5"

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. 

Every time you purchase a piece of art, your support resonates in ways you won't really know, but should.  Imagine a world without art.  Most artists joyfully give their souls to nurture yours.  And artists are beyond grateful for your support.  It's a win-win situation because surrounding yourself with art will lift you, and art given as a gift will be enjoyed and cherished long after other gifts are forgotten.  Art is life!