Phina’s work of art for your taste

2017-09-14 06:00
Phinias Chirubvu makes art out of stones, in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha.PHOTOs: Mbongiseni Maseko

Phinias Chirubvu makes art out of stones, in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha.PHOTOs: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A Khayelitsha man is turning tiles into eye-catching works of art, which, true to form, is turning heads.

Zimbabwean Phinias Chirubvu,41, who now lives in Ilitha Park, has a thriving business drawing icons on his slates.

Chirubvu started his company called Letter in Stone, in 2007.

He draws anything from animals, people’s faces, flowers, personal messages, house numbers, company logos and grave stones.

His tools are a hammer and chisel, and the magnificent work produced is proof of his creativity.

Chirubvu said he fell in love with making art out of tiles at the age of 12 in his native Zimbabwe, which has an abundance of rock.

He moved to South Africa in 2004.

“I am able to survive out of this. It is a full time job. I like this because of the freedom it gives me ... It is therapy.

I am able to express myself on these tiles. The feedback I get from customers is good. It is never easy though in art, but one needs to be patient.

I carve stones too, but I need to market them. I still have art that I made three years ago which I have not sold.

The feedback that I get from my customers is good,” Chirubvu said.

The artist met Maud Bekaert from Belgium in 2008, who encouraged him to attend a year-long training in the city to polish his skills.

He works alone in his workshop, but he said he is willing to mentor anyone who wishes to learn the art.

“I have to transfer my skill to others so that when I die they will continue. Always try to create your own work no matter how hard it is you will one day make it. It is never easy, but it is satisfying,” he added.

His target market is individuals, home owners and tourists and he sells his work at the Harbour Market, in Hout Bay.

He has also been showcasing his art at National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, since 2010.

The tiles sell for R200 each work of art and for those interested in his works, Chirubvu can be contacted on 0735518590.

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