Francisca Mutapi



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Lone Swan-Blackford Pond, Edinburgh



I paint and draw because I have to- the subjects, colours and compositions compel me to capture them in a moment. My first publicly exhibited painting was a poster to advertise 'Tree Planting Day' in Zimbabwe which was selected for exhibition at the National Gallery in Zimbabwe. I was 12 and I was hooked! And now that I think about it, I do not remember ever getting it back! It was a painting of 2 halves- one half with a tree crying after being cut for firewood and another half with a smiling tree being planted (or at least that is what I believe I painted). I remember that the painting elicited a very diverse set of reactions from people who saw it as they worked out what I had painted. Since then, I am interested in people's reaction to my art work which varies from young children telling me my abstract painting is clearly upside down to adults convinced they see a piano hidden in the painting- sometimes the work is upside down and sometimes there are hidden pianos or other objects in the work- it remains for you to find out.


I live in Scotland, in Edinburgh and on the Isle of Lismore on the west coast of Scotland. I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and have lived in Harare, Oxford, London and Antwerp