Burundi’s budding pen portraitist

Divine Nduwimana is the first woman in Burundi to organise a solo art exhibition, which opens next weekend in the capital, Bujumbura.

The 23-year-old specialises in pen portraits and she will be exhibiting artworks of famous faces, including Esther Kamatari – a former top model:

An agronomy graduate, she told BBC Great Lakes that she had been unable to find a job in the agricultural sector.

But her friends encouraged her to share her images on social media, and she is now managing to sell some of her works.

Ms Nduwimana said she did not formally study art, but used to practise during her other classes.

This is why she sketches uses a pen, instead of a pencil, so that her teachers wouldn’t notice.

Her dream is to set up an exhibition centre, where people can go and learn about Burundi’s history through images.

Written By: Gildas Yihundimpundu

First Published 20.09.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-45546165?ns

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