Enterprising artist exhibits 2010-inspired works on website

2010-04-26 00:00

DISCONTENTED at having his work confined to the “prison” walls of a public gallery local artist Musa Zulu decided to take the road less travelled.

While some artists opt for public art galleries to showcase their works, Zulu has steered clear of the conventional by taking advantage of advances in technology.

His artworks are to be found not at the Tatham or Durban art galleries but rather on the Internet.

The 38-year-old artist, who hails from uMlazi in Durban, has launched a website called Valhalla Arts.

Zulu’s creative flair goes beyond just painting. This winner of the 2007 Black Business Quarterly Platinum Award says: “I have always been creative by nature.”

He has published two books, The Language of Me (2004) and Wheels on the Soul of my Shoes (2008), that have been widely received as inspirational messages.

Zulu, a married father of two daughters, is also a sought-after motivational speaker.

He regards the Internet as an ideal platform for “displaying and harnessing” his work. He themes his artwork according to pertinent events in society.

It is therefore not surprising that his latest art revolves around the upcoming Fifa 2010 World Cup.

“This Soccer World Cup happens to be hosted by my country,” he says.

To this end, he has produced art that “depicts the beauty of soccer”.

Zulu’s latest offerings are a combination of eight artworks and poems, which he has aptly themed “For the Glory of the Games”.

“This art exhibition is also a tribute to Africa and her people,” he says.

“I have always been amazed by how global the influence of the game of soccer is.”

Zulu acknowledges his father, Paulus, a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as his lifelong mentor.

Even though Zulu’s love for art goes back many years, it was a car accident which left him wheelchair- bound that proved to be a defining moment in his life.

He describes that fateful day of April 20, 1995, as being “a sign of new beginnings”.

Rather than limiting his artistic drive, his disability proved to be a catalyst for a positive outlook.

“I have always celebrated April 20 as being symbolic of my new cycle,” he says.

Zulu remains optimistic about South Africa’s 2010 prospects.

“The soccer spectacle will lift us all from our poverty and underdevelopment to prosperity in unified relations,” he says.

One of Zulu’s most treasured art pieces on his website exhibition is Women Cup. He says this artwork, which is modelled on the shape of the World Cup trophy, is a dedication to all the women of Africa.

“This is their cup. Let us give our women this opportunity and space to play, talk and regale the world with their stories of their trials, tribulations and achievements despite their enormous hardships,” he says.

Visit the Valhalla Arts website at www.valhallaarts.co.za.

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