Date:06 July 2019 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona
Growing up in a community where art is not considered a career can make one abandon one’s dreams.
During his childhood, a local self-taught artist, Percy Marule, endured harsh comments from the community about his career. "When I started art, people never took me seriously. At first, I was criticized and undermined for my artistic dreams. They used to say my career was useless," Marule said. "Lately I have been getting good responses from the community. Now they respect my work."
The 24-year-old from Mavambe village said art meant life to him. "Art has been my passion since I started school. I am a self-motivated artist and I draw very often because I love art. It is a gift given to me by the almighty God," he said. "Art is the foundation of creation. Almost every man-made product that we see daily was first drawn by someone."
He said that he used pencils, paper, acrylic paints and canvas for his art. "I use spray cans and roof paints for my graffiti," he added. "I also brand shops and paint emblems for school entrances."
So far, he has created a painting of Bob Marley and drawings of Pres Cyril Ramaphosa, Mlindo and Benny Mayengani.
He want to sell his work across the world. "I want to develop African brands, educate, communicate and tell stories through my art. I want see myself as an international artist," he said.
Marule studied graphic design at Jeppe College in Johannesburg and brands at Vega School of Brand Leadership. He can be reached on 063 095 9574 or write to email@example.com. He is also available on Facebook as Percy Ormarni Marule.
Self-taught artist Percy Marule. Photo supplied
By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona
The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.