Raymond Fuyana was born in 1995 in Zimbabwe. He moved to South Africa, Johannesburg in 2009 seeking a good deaf school, where he attended St Vincent School for the Deaf in Rosebank. Fuyana joined the Saturday Youth Portfolio Development at Artist Proof Studio in 2015 as he was still in school. While at St Vincent he worked with artists at the Bag Factory for a year. Fuyana participated in the Strauss and Co. commission called Pierneef Interpreted in 2017. He made beautiful watercolour monoprints which were exhibited alongside Strauss and Co.’s collection of Pierneef original works at Turbine Art Fair. In 2018 he won the 1st prize in the printmaking category for the Strauss and Co. Irma Stern still life competition. The work was exhibited and sold out the Turbine Art Fair. This was followed by a wonderful article in the Sowetan on his journey as an artist. He plans to enroll for the 4th Year internship programme in 2019 to further his studies at Artist Proof Studio. “My work is influenced by the Surrealism. I create a world of different perspectives. As a deaf person, my experience of the world and the hearing community can be seen in the work I make. I create dreamlike landscapes to express my feelings and mood. The spaces I creates can be viewed upside down and right up. In this body of work, I have used elements of classical architecture fused with African landscapes. The emoticon adds a contemporary element of how we communicate emotions using technology. I focus on capturing the confusion and communication breakdown I experiences daily. The crow plays an important role in my work because it represents me in these spaces. I am able to interpret noise and emotions by creating busy and strange spaces.”
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