Art for sale at reduced prices pays dividends

Elijar Mushiana

Elijar Mushiana

In order to sell their work while the market is stagnant, two Limpopo artists have lowered their prices and it seems to be paying off.

The paintings of Bethuel Ramadi and Tshivhandekano Nndwamato, sold mainly to tourists, range from R3000 to R5000 each.

The tourists come to Thohoyandou Centre to buy the art.

"We are no longer stressing about where to sell our works," said Ramadi, who said he was in primary school when he first realised that he preferred drawing to playing soccer.

"In 2003 I joined Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre to learn more about the technical side of producing art works."

Ramadi has already won many awards and international competitions.

Nndwamato says his passion for art started at a young age. He specialises in print making, steel and wood sculptures.

"I started in art at the Matongoni Mountain Art Academy and since then I have been practising as a full-time artist."

Nndwamato has exhibited his art in places that include the Rand Easter Show and the Limpopo Arts Festival.

He has also won three Absa National Competition awards.

The two say their ambition is to establish their own studio and help up-and-coming artists in Limpopo.