Isheanesu Dondo

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“Salute to all the artists who use found objects and thus convert trash to cash”

Isheanesu Dondo
Location: Shamva
Artwork statement: “The artwork is made using discarded cigarette boxes that would otherwise be burnt. These were picked up in places such as Mbar and Shamva. This is in the spirit of upcycling. The line drawings depict people working and interacting with flora and fauna. I hope to inspire others to develop a habit of recycling.”


  • What was your experience with art as a child and growing up?

I started drawing at the age of four. My major obstacle was the negative attitude toward art from local society; many people do not see art as a viable career. However, the introduction of art in the new public schools curriculum will create more exposure and understanding.

  • How did it evolve over time?

I started drawing at the age of four. I had a good supply of paper and pencils from my parents, who are both teachers. I didn’t study art as a subject at school, but continued drawing as a hobby. It was only after I dropped out of university that I began making art as a full-time career. I started with portraits, and then transitioned to abstract art.

  • Who or what influences your art? How would you like your art to influence others?

My work is influenced by Zimbabwean stone sculpture, Ancient Egyptian art, and cubism. Artists that inspire me include Pablo Picasso, Tapuma Gutsa, Malangatana Ngwenya, Gareth Nyandoro, Portia Zvavahera, and Joan Miró.

  • How do you define the following: Art? Sustainability? Zimbabwe?

Art: Expression
Sustainability: Self-reliance
Zimbabwe: Home bittersweet home

  • What is the best way for a viewer/reader to experience your art?

Studio visit

  • What do you think sets you apart from other artists in Zimbabwe?


Artwork title: Trash to cash