Thandazani was born in the city of Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) – known to many as the gateway to Matobo National Park, but within the township of Nkulumane it was known for other reasons. Branded as the “City of Kings” due to the number of Kingdoms in the region – including close proximity to the Zulu Kingdom where King Shaka Zulu’s prowess reigned supreme. Today the city stands tall with monuments that reflect its royal past and ruins that date back as early as the 15th century. Spirited by a passion for the arts that began while in elementary school, where he would draw caricatures of his teachers and classmates, the self-taught figurative and impressionist artist’s career almost didn’t get off the ground. He went from this joyous experience to working in a shoe factory where he worked for almost 5 years before deciding to follow his dreams. He received his first big break after creating a series that featured the dying cultures of Africa. The works were revered by many, mostly due to the light they shone on African cultures and traditions, acting as a reminder to the elite and those that worked in places like the factory where he worked that we are all bonded by the same African roots. After several well-received series, Thandazani began exhibiting, and his works have showcased and featured at art festivals and galleries throughout Africa. This led to several commissioned works, one of which sits in the Newtown Workers Museum Cottages and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. The full-time artist also finds time to give back to his community through his support of local orphanages and fundraising initiatives. He wishes to create awareness of social issues and making a difference for disadvantaged children all over the world. Today, his works are in gallery collections and art networks throughout the world.
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