The Education Department is thrilled to announce a solo exhibition titled ” A Journey of a Life Time” by Resident Artists Nompilo Nkomo. Nompilo returns to her Childhood community at Mawabeni 25Km after Esigodini South of Zimbabwe her Rural home. The one day mentoring exhibition will be held at her former school, Bezha Primary, as she takes her creative practice to the community, she also continues her creative trajectory and finding her identity. The school head Mr Mthemeli will give the opening remarks.
A radiant determined and full of life bornseven months after Zimbabwe’s Independence, on 25 December 1980. Nompilo is brilliant and progressive artist and an amazing woman who captivates the hearts and spirits of those who engage with her. Not only is she progressive artist, but most importantly she is a strong activist to the people who are physically challenged like herself. Disabled at birth, Nompilo paints and does everything else with her feet, she has the ability to create beauty unlike other “able” artists who have no zeal and courage to or discipline to explore their creative side.
Early childhood was spent in rural Esigodini, at a very tender age Nompilo’s mother passed on; the responsibility of raising her was taken by her grandmother. In June 2005 her father passed on, leaving her as one of the ever growing numbers of orphans in the continent.
Since 2002 The National Council of the Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe NCDPZ supported Nompilo Nkomo financially by paying for her 4 year secondary education at Danhiko School in Harare and later at Mzilikazi Art and Craft Center in Bulawayo 2006.
On completion of the course at Mzilikazi Nompilo was sponsored by Mrs Lilian Fonds through the NCDPZ to embark on a Visual Arts project. She did her project from NCDPZ offices in Mzilikazi suburb along Victoria Falls road where she produced paintings and textiles. She managed to do her first, two men exhibition with the late Mandla Ndlovu at the National Gallery in Bulawayo through the Outreach Programme later in 2006.
In 2008 the Outreach Programme of the National Gallery in Bulawayo formerly offered Nompilo Nkomo a residency in the Gallery studios and facilitated her support from the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust which has supported her residency up to date.
Nompilo’s has participated in various exhibitions in and outside Bulawayo, her artworks capture diverse realities of the Zimbabwean story including religion and Politics. Yet she is so fragile.
She has exhibited solo and other group exhibition around the country, your support in her work is wonderful. Special Mention to Simone Labe in Israel and the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe supporting her residency at the National Gallery