INTRODUCING PHILANI NDLOVU NYAMAZANE
LOCAL AFRICAN ARTIST
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1987, Philane realised early in life that he was different. One day, aged 6, he made a drawing of a passing bus in the sand. A friend of his father made fun of him, telling him he got the proportions all wrong. Philani didn’t mind. He kept drawing.
In primary school, he got in trouble often for making drawings instead of focusing on schoolwork, sometimes getting beatings for this “ill-discipline”.
In time, though, even the teachers realised his talent. He became the go-to guy to make drawings for science, geography and religion. He even got paid – in coins!
At this point, everyone inspired and praised him. Finally, he was a recognised artist! His mother, who used to complain about his late-night drawing instead of studying, also changed her mind. She proudly announced to all that he had a divine gift.
Philane is in love with Nature – the trees, rivers and mountains, the animals, birds and sea creatures. Equally, he loves human culture; the different tribes and ways of life also inspires his art.
Da Vinci is his role model and inspiration, with his sketches and art. Whilst he never had the opportunity to attend art school, his self-taught artwork is of exceptional quality. Fortunately, he decided against his chosen job as a mechanic!
Whippo is proud to make use of this local artist, and he is the creator of many of our designs. We shall continue to support Philane and others like him, helping to empower those who have the talent, but often not the opportunity!