Presidential Portrait Painter Hopes To Start Art School

08 Mar 2018 12:50pm
OKAKARARA, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – The artist who painted portraits of Founding President Sam Nujoma in 2004, dreams of starting a technical art school at Okakarara or Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Larry Kazombiaze, 26, also painted and sold a portrait of President Hage Geingob for N.dollars 50 000 at a political party campaign rally in Otjiwarongo in 2014.
Geingob himself bought that portrait.
Another appealing portrait of Nujoma fetched N.dollars 66 000 at the same event held at the Mokati Sports Stadium.
The young, gifted man further produced a number of portraits for Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos in the past three years.
Kazombiaze spent six months developing an image of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and also crafted portraits of the Heroes’ Acre, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Copies of several Cabinet ministers are in custody of the same artist in Okakarara.
“Now I have plans to launch an art school on 21 March 2018. I want to first sell the idea to the leaders at the Independence Day celebrations in Tsumeb before the programme starts,” said Kazombiaze.
He hopes to take in 40 students who are able to attend a half-year intensive drawing and painting practical course, before issuing them with certificates.
He told Nampa at Okakarara recently that his plan is to pull Namibian youth off the streets for them to acquire a skill that can create employment for themselves through working with their own hands.
Kazombiaze passionately pointed out that every inch of an arts career is very interesting and needs dedicated people.
He said a starting mark to painting is by drawing a sketch of an object with a pencil.
Painting the sketch with coloured oil or water based paint then follows.
“This is also a laborious handiwork needing much concentration, patience and zero mistakes,” according to Kazombiaze.
The big secret is the ability to connect eyes to the fingers, and for the mind to recall and instruct the eyes and fingers to coordinate when drawing or painting the object, he explained.
“Painting is a rich talent that needs practice a trillion times in order to reach a level where the painter will start to draw and paint true reflections of objects.”
The young painter at the moment has a deal with the City of Windhoek to paint and produce the old and new office complex of the City’s civic building.
He also produced portraits, and logos for 70 institutions in Khomas and Otjozondjupa. These include Telecom Namibia, Cenored, Namcor, Development Bank of Namibia and Parliament.
A portrait intended for the 12 May Movement celebrations for 2018 is being worked on and nearing completion, he said.
Kazombiaze only completed Grade 12, but with this skill of the hand, his mother, Undjee Kazombiaze, is satisfied with the income he generates from the artworks.
The young man derives inspiration from art legends – Jennifer Steenkamp of Jenny’s Place and Hendrik Vrey.
He also produced A4 portraits of Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Vekuii Rukoro and these continue to impress many OvaHerero Namibians at Okakarara.
Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu who has a keen interest in the work of this man, last year declared his office’s support to the independent artist.
Consequently, the office purchased drawing boards, pens, pencils and colour painting materials amongst others of over N.dollars 5 000 for Kazombiaze.
“I know him very well. He has outstanding artworks, of which some I am fond of,” said the politician.
Kandorozu urged young Namibians to emulate the good example of Kazombiaze and imitate his spirit of working for himself.