Valentine is a successful and celebrated Zimbabwean artist and teacher whose work has been exhibited in three of Zimbabwe's National Galleries and Museums, exhibited at over 30 group and solo shows, he's been the winner of 3 distinction awards, and has been received numerous press reviews. Valentine's work has sold out in galleries within hours of exhibiting, and has worked hard to keep up with the demand and make a name for himself as an accomplished Zimbabwean artist.
After qualifying and working for many happy years as a teacher of arts, in 2005 Valentine left to focus on his success as an individual and unique artist.
In 2011, at the peak of Valentine’s career he became very ill with crippling rheumatoid arthritis which ended his career abruptly, leaving him bed-ridden and unable to paint.
However, Valentine is a positive and resilient spirit who still works in whatever limited way he can so people can experience his artwork. He sells print reproductions and merchandises his work, while also selling the last remaining original paintings of his. His medical needs (operations, daily physiotherapy, medication and nurse) have, until now been funded through the sale of his remaining original paintings .
But, Valentine’s dream is more than his own art, he has a VISION to put Zimbabwean artists on the map using his vast knowledge and experience to create his own ART SAFARI project.
This will be built in an untamed landscape where he has acquired the perfect plot of land, surrounded by rolling grasslands, natural rock formations and lush vegetation. It will become a self-sufficient homestead for himself, his wife and 6-year-old daughter producing their own organic food, as well as a medicinal herb garden and off-the-grid energy to maintain the natural tranquility of the environment. Artists from within Zimbabwe and around the world will be invited there to take advantage of Valentine’s inspiring teachings and spirited talent through workshops, exhibitions and school projects.
Derek Kaplan is one such Zimbabwean artist who has been inspired by Valentine. Derek now lives in New York where he has a successful art studio and has been instrumental in developing an online presence for Valentine and a catalogue of his remaining works. Derek has created a website making Valentine’s art available through prints and other merchandise so he can support his family, pay his medical bills and achieve his dream. Derek believes in Valentine’s art safari and would like to be a part of kick-starting this amazing venture, along with all this family, friends and colleagues around the world.
Valentine dreams of one day being able to paint again – who knows what the future holds. For now, Valentine would like to invite you to be a part of his journey to giving back – all donations received will be put towards the Art Safari Project and his medical needs. You will be rewarded with a handwritten card, signed by Valentine (in his limited capactiy) as a small gesture of his appreciation.
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