Profile: Meet Tanzanian artist Thobias Minzi

Thobias Minzi began his art early in life but blossomed in 2002 when he joined Namanga Art Studio. From then, the prolific artist has developed his own niche using fabric, wood and thread instead of canvas. Minzi’s work is in part inspired by one of Tanzania’s great Haji Chilonga- a high profile artist. 

The 32 year old uses women and children as a way of communicating their plight in Africa and at the same time showing their importance.  In addition his art permeates light into the African life, the sights sounds and the responsibilities which are majorly carried out by women and children. 

Minzi says, “Creating art took me into a world of my own, and the encouragement I received led to further training and explorations. Through several workshops, informal training, advice from friends, and self-imagination I found my stylistic way of depicting life in its various aspects.” It is this world that he hopes to pass knowledge and inspiration to others and also engage in constructive dialogue that would further his career path. 

Minzi has had exhibitions in Kenya, his home Tanzania, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

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