Visual artist depicts Namwandi's role in education

14 Aug 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – A visual arts student who was asked to paint a mural of David Namwandi at the International University of Management (IUM) says the former Minister of Education’s role in the country’s education inspired him.
Namwandi served as Namibia’s Minister of Education from 2012 to March 2015.
He is the chancellor and founder of IUM.
The mural was done by Pinhas Shikulo, a final year visual arts student at the University of Namibia (Unam). It is painted inside the university's new building called Tunana Building inaugurated on Thursday. The building is an extension on the IUM main campus in Dorado Park in Windhoek.
The mural was commissioned by IUM’s management to tell the story of Namwandi’s life as a farmer from northern Namibia. This is depicted by a windmill and the sun setting behind palm trees. Shikulo was also asked to reflect Namwandi's role in education and as IUM founder, and the painter did so by depicting students in graduation gowns under the windmill.
“It was not easy, I had to do a lot of homework on Namwandi before painting,” Shikulo told Nampa here on Thursday.
It took the artist three weeks to complete the painting. He used acrylic paint, which is a fast-drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion.
The Tunana building was inaugurated by Vice President Nickey Iyambo on behalf of President Hage Geingob. It has six lecture halls; two student lounges; 12 offices; a boardroom and catering facilities.
Speaking during the event, Namwandi said he was impressed by Shikulo's work, and encouraged him to keep up the good work.
Shikulo was born in Onayena, a small town in northern Namibia. Both his parents are teachers, and he completed Grade 12 at the Uukule Senior Secondary School.
After completing high school he discovered his passion for art and media, and joined Unam in 2013 to study visual arts. He is majoring in Art for Advertising.
Shikulo also painted a portrait for Geingob in March 2015, shortly after he was inaugurated as Head of State.
“This is not my art, it's Namibia’s art. My dream is to take our country’s art to other people across the world,” he said.