Polygone Mesh in Harare

exhibitions, Zimbabwe
For those that are too far from Harare centre, I have made some photographs of the exhibition in the First Floor Gallery of Harare. The exhibition does not have titles, price-lists or name tags to disturb the visitor from enjoying the art.(true Gaidaro style)
K_Van, visual artist from the Netherlands shows his new paintings in
the First floor gallery Harare. It seems as if the objects in the paintings come out of the wall. Bulky, angular and industrial forms painted in tones and hues of green. “I break objects down with 3D design programs,” explains the artist, “Once I have a grid, I transfer the lines onto a canvas, tracing each vector using needle and thread.” The artist then paints the grids using oil paints in different layers and tones of colour. K_Van is not a new to Harare, he has exhibited here before in 1994. ‘My previous visit greatly influenced my work, this is the importance of cultural dialogue. When I returned home my vision had changed and I started to work  with a greater diversity of materials. Now that I am back, I realise that the Zimbabwean influence might have been deeper. Visiting the National Gallery of Zimbabwe again I looked at the strong angular lines in Nicholas Mukomberanwa’s sculptures. These lines must inspire many artists and I feel that through the years they have subconsciously influenced my work.

K_Van’s work can be seen at the First floor gallery Harare.
George Silundika ave 24 Mercury house from 10:30-17:00 or by appointment.

The exhibition will run until the 1st of December 2012 with a presentation at 17:00


a Nicholas Mukomberanwa’s sculpture

workshop painting the other-self Gaidaro


In this workshop we are going to test our artist’s low budget PVA black and white paint. We will do the short form of the other-self Gaidaro painting exercise. It is an exercise in which the painter learns to open him/her up to influences from outside.
The write-up about this project are the results of the artists Moffat, Gersham, Mavis, Wycliffe, Joe,  Sky and K_Van from the First Floor gallery of Harare. I hope that teachers and artists will follow the workshop and discover the power of the other-self Gaidaro painting technique

Participants 6-8

black and white PVA paint, 8 canvas

Ground rules of each workshop (see previous workshop)


We are all going to get one canvas. We have 60 min to paint on it using our own made black and white paint. Use the paint in its black or white form without mixing it into grey.

output 8 paintings. Document the paintings on camera.

Observe the painting carefully, choose a painting that inspires you to continue on. You have 30 min to add to the painting

output 8 paintings worked on by two people.
Document the paintings on camera.

Choose  a painting. This time you have 20 min, but use at least 10 min to observe the painting before you start painting.
Document the paintings on camera.

Repeat the process until each painter has worked on all the canvases

Today’s conclusions: 10 min

the paints that we made are good. The black oxide with water and PVA make a strong paint. The house hold white paint with PVA is also workable and is strong enough to cover the black. In Zimbabwe the paint dries fast.

In the photo result you can see where paintings have been good, better, or have slipped away by careless painting. It is a great exercise, and in most cases you can see that the exchange had produce something stronger than the results of one painter by him/her self

placing a value on art and our environment

Beijing International Art Biennale, exhibitions, writing

‘Vegeterian dog’ on the wall of the Modern Art Museum in Beijing

Before sending my work to the BIAB, there was a question from the shipping company, how much should we insure your work for? How much? the material and time, the effort I put into the painting. How much is my emotional value?
How much?
Once I had a painting caught up in an explosion, it flew up into the sky and was gone.