Discover: Dananayi Muwanigwa Digital Illustrator+Painter

Published on: Jun 03, 2019

What is your favorite quote?

‘Talent is not given it is Earned.’ -Robot Pencil

What would the closest person in your life say if we asked them, “What is the one characteristic that they totally dig about you, and the one that drives them insane?”

They totally dig  that I’m a ‘what you see is what you get’ type of person.

What they dislike is that I have a tendency of being overly pragmatic and sometimes it comes off as being a know it all.

Can you tell us the story of your prior successes, challenges and major responsibilities?

Last year I was part of the Fak’ugesi Digital-Art festival in Joburg. It was my first time traveling specifically because of my artwork. I got to mingle with amazing artists in a functioning environment which is very different from my home country. The experience inspired me to push my art to a more sophisticated level.

A few months afterwards I held a solo exhibition in Harare. I made use of augmented reality technology to bring my paintings to life when viewed through a smart device.

This year I became a resident artist for Akademie Schloss Solitude which is a German art and media platform.  I explored African Aesthetics through an Afrofuturistic lens.

The balance act of marketing and working on artwork can be difficult especially without a manager. At some point one of the two disciplines suffers as a result of neglect of the other.

Tell us about a time when you almost gave up and how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up.

Giving up is just not an option for me. I paint/draw to tolerate myself and life’s inevitable tragedies. I do however get extremely lazy at times. Most of the times i think it is because I would be rushing or overwhelming myself. The best thing to do in that scenario is to stop and do something else for a while and get back to the art later.

What is your biggest motivation?

I’m motivated by the desire to make a mark on the world before I die.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

That talent is an illusion.

What would someone who doesn’t like you say about you?

That I’m a pervert and only draw naked black evil-looking girls.

We are celebrating our first anniversary, what achievements are you celebrating this year?

I’m celebrating being alive and being able to do what I love every day.

Check Out his past feature in BE Afrika Discovered digital creative magazine