A visitor looks at the painting
A visitor looks at the painting "Mandela" created by Chinese artist Li Bin at Johannesburg University in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 21, 2015. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)

Davido Indongo, a Namibian visual artist, said attending a recent exhibition in Beijing has inspired him to work harder and tell the story of African people through arts.

Paintings from his collection titled “Light in the Face of the Impossible,” were among 640 artworks by more than 590 artists from 113 countries showcased inside the National Museum of China during the 8th Beijing International Art Biennial on Aug. 30 through Sept. 2.

“Seeing my artwork debut at an international exhibition was a dream come true,” Indongo said.

The exhibition accorded Indongo an opportunity to meet artists from all over the world as well as curators from different galleries.

“I was seeking to expand my network, and the exhibition in China was the perfect avenue. I gained more knowledge about art, and from different artists,” he said.

A highlight from his trip, he said, was building contacts that would propel his craft and career into the international domain as a solo artist.

Indongo talked about his realization of the international community’s interest in the African continent’s diverse and contemporary art.

“Most people seeking to explore African art, which inspires me to work harder and tell the story of our people through visual arts,” he said.

Indongo, who just returned to Namibia, said during his visit, he also embraced and enjoyed Chinese culture.

“I enjoyed the Chinese cuisine, landscape, and diversity during my stay in China, which has enriched my perspective,” he said. Enditem


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