A local visual artist, Thakor Patel is exhibiting his works for the next two months at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in an exhibition dubbed ‘A Retrospective.’
Curated by Raphael Chikukwa, the exhibition consists of Patel’s works from different pieces including paintings and images he did when he was in India and those he did when he relocated to Zimbabwe.
Chikukwa said Patel’s work is unique and speak volumes of his African influence.
“His African influence can be seen through the African motifs that prominently feature in his paintings. Having been part of the Zimbabwean art practice for about four decades, Patel has contributed so much to visual arts movement through his paintings and drawings. He has taken part in a number of exhibitions in and outside Zimbabwe,” he said.
Chikukwa said the paintings and drawings on display convey a deep meaning of social problems people face every day.
Patel’s paintings generate critical discourse around his work.
He came to Zimbabwe on invitation from a friend in the 1980s but decided to stay permanently after falling in love with the southern African country.
He has been producing and selling art for more than 30 years and is now exhibiting all over the world and winning awards.