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Haitian-American artist exhibits in City of Kings

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A Haitian-American artist, Eric Telfort, is in the city to exhibit his “When I was Six” works at the Bulawayo Art Gallery.

Telfort is an award-winning visual artist and the exhibition opened on Thursday last week and will run for a week.

On the Thursday afternoon, Telfort will answer questions from members of the public on his art works and professional career.

“The exhibition is about an artist basically looking at his childhood,” Telfort said.

The Haitian-American has worked on the design teams of two major video game companies, built clay models and performed commercial graphic designs.

He is in the country under a cultural exchange programme to enhance exchange of ideas with local artists funded by the US Embassy in Harare.

Telfort has been holding workshops with artists in the city at the gallery as well as visual arts students at the Bulawayo Polytechnic.

Assistant public affairs officer at the US Embassy Andrew Posner said the visual arts project supported by the embassy is meant to develop artists from both countries.

“We hope the interactions between artists from the two countries will maximise both technical and artistic exchanges between the US artist and his Zimbabwean counterparts and create the sort of rapport that is at the heart of this initiative,” Posner said.

Telfort has several professional qualifications in visual arts including undergraduate and graduate qualifications in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and New York Academy of Art respectively.

His works have been exhibited at galleries in New York and Rhode Island.

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