How Genocide inspired a survivor's dream in painting

Genre : Society news
Principal country concerned : Column : Arts and crafts
Published on : 25/03/2015
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native of Gasabo District has transformed into a self-taught artist who is helping young children to hone their art talent.  His focus is on pet portraits, where  he puts his own spin on the paintings using a combination of reality and impressionism.

The 30-year-old and, a married father of two was destined for this calling.

 While at Kimihurura Primary School, Hategikimana was the teachers' favourite because of his love for painting. "I was always selected by teachers to guide others in painting and mixing colours. Though I had limited skills then, my dream to become a painter was always far ahead, visualising myself as a great artist and art master someday," explains Hategikimana.

Few years after regaining his ability to talk, walk and handle other everyday activities, Hategikimana's sincere wish was to link up with a professional artist, who would help him learn extra skills, mainly in mixing colours.

"Eventually, a friend of mine called Anitha Asiimwe, whom I also consider as my parent, connected me to Pascal Busheija, an experienced painter.

However, paying Rwf40, 000 as monthly fees at Busheija's art studio was very expensive for him. He had to use all the creativity to master everything in the shortest period possible. With a lot of enthusiasm and commitment, within three months, Hategikimana was ready to juggle the world on his own.


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