7 月 23 日 -9 月 23 日：展会上，来自 6 国的艺术家聚集于此。
展览会，艺术家来自桑给巴尔、坦桑尼亚、肯尼亚、乌干达、马尔代夫和斯里兰卡，于7月23日在拉吉玛戴尔钻石度假村（Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est Resort）对公众开幕。这场独一无二的展览会标志着Spherique印度洋艺术展(Spherique Indian Ocean Art Project)的开启，雄心勃勃的计划在2015年围绕印度洋及其他26国在马尔代夫首府马累（Malé）组织旅游博览会。
I have to be grateful to the holy ONE, and perhaps to more than one person on earth, if at this point of my life I was inspired to devote my interest to ART.
Since I started working on this project my life has taken on new hues of colour and I have been able to give free rein to my passion for art, especially painting which has fascinated me since I was a young boy.
I can still see myself as a six-year-old contemplating the rupestrian carvings in Africa or when I was slightly older strolling past the paintings in the corridors of exhibitions by Sanguineti, Incegnieri or Putzolu, which were usually held in the Italian Club in Asmara.
These memories probably nurtured my love of strong shades and bright colours coupled with the dusty, dappled hues of the desert which I now see in the artwork by painters from countries around the Indian Ocean. When I look at works by artists from Zanzibar, Kenya and Tanzania, I am immediately transported amidst smells and magical ambiences to a time when my young, innocent eyes led me through the East African savannah or along riverbeds in the Eritrean lowlands in which only sand flowed for ten months of the year or in the wild, dense forests of Ethiopia.
I see entire valleys full of tiny yellow flowers as far as the eye can see which are tinged with such bright, vibrant colours at sunset that they bring to mind a volcano on the verge of eruption or an immense cauldron in which God is dramatically melting all the gold in the world.
These are the colours that give me the belief and the passion to carry out the “Spherique Indian Ocean Art Project” while my memories conjure up feelings that grant me the desire and drive to succeed with this extremely ambitious project.
So far everyone to whom I have shown this project has been captivated, offering their help and expressing their complete approval.
This exhibition in Zanzibar features artists from the Maldives, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Zanzibar and was preceded by an exhibition of artists from Kenya, which was held in Malindi in January. It will be followed by a very important event designed to truly launch the project. In addition to exhibiting works of art at this event, we would also like to invite artists from the Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Our goal is for the 2015 event to encompass all countries from in and around the Indian Ocean and invite all the artists who are exhibiting their works of art to attend.
The final goal of the “Spherique Indian Ocean Art Project” is to promote the teaching of art and to support artists from all these countries, many of which may not be rich but their certainly enjoy an incredible wealth of talent and colours.
Finally, I would like to thank you for attending this event and also ask you to remove the contact lenses that your social position and society in general has accustomed you to wearing over the years. I invite you to stroll through the works of art and see them through the same eyes you had when you were six-years-old so you can enjoy every brushstroke and fully understand what they intend to express.
I hope you enjoy the experience.
Spherique Indian Ocean Art Project
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Adrian Nduma - Kenya
Colour, beauty and abstraction are Adrian Nduma’s pillars - art for the sake
of art. The former banker holds a degree in fine art from Kenyatta University.
Having focused on full-time painting ten years ago, Nduma’s style is
consistently evolving. With a background in graphics applied in advertising he
portrays a unique discipline in composition, form and colour. He has worked
with many companies in Kenya developing graphics for their advertising
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Afzal Shaafiu Hasan (Afu) - Maldives
Afzal Shaafiu Hasan (Afu) has proved to be a leading figure in the Maldivian
art scene over the past decade. He has participated in many exhibitions
in the Maldives as well as in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Mauritius and
onboard the famed cruise liner ‘The World’. His paintings have been housed
in foreign embassies, private collections, and major hotels as well as in the
permanent collection of the National Art Gallery of the Maldives...
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Chilonga Haji - Tanzania
Haji Chilonga is a self-taught artist born on 24th January 1969 in Masasi in the
Mtwara region, which is located in the southern part of Tanzania. His father’s
side of the family were traditional blacksmiths while his mother’s side were
potters. Chilonga has come a long way. At the beginning of his career Chilonga
started by painting commercial signs and portraits, he then moved on to
realism and has become an established painter and sculptor with a
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Fide - Tanzania
Phidelice Gervacy, a self-taught artist, was born on 7th January 1982 in
the Kilimanjaro region. He has participated in numerous art exhibitions
and workshops. In September 2002 he took part in an art workshop at the
University of Dar es Salaam organized by Els Waijers from the Netherlands.
In 2006 he participated in an art workshop at TCC Chang’ombe in Dar es
Salaam and in the Vipaji foundation workshop which was organized by
Zachariah Mbutha from Nairobi Kenya...
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Hassan Kadudu - Zanzibar
This 40-year-old from Zanzibar Island started experimenting with art at the
age of 6. Kadudu’s interest led him to study fine art at the Zanzibar School
and batik. In 1992 he accepted a teaching position at Nyumba ya Sanaa
(institute of art). Kadudu is currently working on a project with UNICEF,
designing Sara comic books to help the children of Tanzania learn English.
Kadudu is a volunteer art teacher at the local hospital...
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Hassan Ziyad - Maldives
Hassan Ziyad began to seriously consider a career in the visual arts in the
late 1990s. Leaving school after grade 7, the only formal art education he
had was the lessons he was given in the art class at school.
In the mid-1990s, Ziyad, together with a friend who was also involved in
the production of souvenirs, submitted one of his paintings to a charity art
exhibition and competition organized by a primary school in Malé where
Ziyad’s wife worked...
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Huda Aishath - Maldives
“At a very young age I developed a fascination for the impact of various
colour combinations and nature. Influenced by my artistic mother, I started
painting around that time. My art continues the fascination for nature with
vivid colours, light and reflections. I work with watercolour, acrylic, oil and
mixed media. I have tried and experimented with different techniques and
found out that the bold strokes of oil and acrylic on canvas is something
I will never get bored of...
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Jak Katarikawe - Uganda
Born in 1940 in Kigezi, Kabale, Southern Uganda, Jak Katarikawe never had
formal schooling. Self taught, he received early stimulus from his mother,
who painted the walls of houses. Discovered by Prof. Cook from Makerere
University, he had his first exhibition at the Nommo Gallery, Kampala
(1973), and also in Denmark, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom and USA...
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Kaafiri Kariuki - Kenya
Nicholas Kariuki, a father of three, was born on 4th February 1973 in the
slums of Nyahururu, Maina village in the Rift Valley to a Christian and Muslim
father. He grew up with many unanswered questions as to which of them was
in the “right religion”. He still bears the burden of religion with his pseudonym
name ‘Kaafiri’, which loosely interpreted in English, means pagan.
His drawing started as an escape from his environment whilst in primary
school and he did cartoons and played music in high school to entertain...
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Saada Juma Mussa - Zanzibar
A specialist of henna painting, Saada was trained in different arts at the
Institute of Arts in Mwanakwerekwe, Zanzibar in 1989. She was born in
1968. Henna painting, tattooing hands and legs on women, is widely
practiced along the Indian Ocean coasts. As a result of Tingatinga
influences among others, the art form has found its way to canvas and
other wearable fabrics in Tanzania...
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Sanjeewa Kumara - Colombo
“ My art is fun and I prefer to call my works ‘pictures’ rather than paintings.
My pictures reveal the radical ambiguity of fantasy. The uncanny, the fantastic,
the marvellous, the hesitation, the supernatural, and the uncertainty are very
important to my work. The language of my visual texts is where (y)our desire
is placed. Mixing various with popular and unpopular historical elements and
combining them as a visual pastiche, I try to synchronize them into my own
unique visual language which I would like to call ‘Non western-western art’...
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Sebastian Kiarie - Kenya
Kiarie is one of the most respected and collected artists in the region.
Born in 1971, the self-taught artist developed his artistic talent at a
young age and pursued this interest throughout his elementary and
tertiary schooling. But it was other Ngecha artists, including the
legendary Wanyu Brush and Sane Wadu, who heightened his interest
in mainstream art in early 1990s...
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Vaijra Gunawardena - Colombo
“ My works are focused on my need to intersect body and place, memory and
fact, and to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. I use
bright colours and paint with oil, acrylics and any medium in a predominately
Neo-Expressionist style which is close to Art Brut and Graffiti images. I
have developed artistic space and form with different scales on the same
background. “My metaphors opens work of symbolic systems has into a new
kind of psychodynamic composition.”...
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Yassir Ali - Kenya
A fine art graduate of Sudan University for Science and Technology, Yassir
Ali is inspired by Nubian culture, motifs and colours. A key aspect about his
works is the consistent endeavour to capture ‘systematic beauty’. His work
is greatly influenced by textile design work which has led to his easily
recognizable ‘miniature paintings within a painting’ style. He encourages
dialogue between the audience and his artworks with a challenge to ‘see
beneath the beauty’...
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