Sketchbooktrails is a concept developed and fed by the self-taught, Zimbabwean-born female artist, Tafadzwa Mukwashi. Taf is a social artist and Afro-optimist and believes in embarking on art projects that advocate positive social change. She is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa where she continues to paint whilst studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.
“Art is more than a visual gateway but a place in itself. To produce something that propels not only myself but others into a world where the unseen is seen and celebrated, and where we can be seen and celebrated is reason enough to paint.” – Tafadzwa Mukwashi
2011, December The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s new generation of entrepreneurial leaders Article by Tafadzwa Mukwashi, Lead SA
2011, June “Painted Princess” Feature on the Yvonne Chaka Chaka Portrait on METRO FM
2011, June Operation Bobbi Bear Article by Tafadzwa Mukwashi, Lead SA
2011, May The Feather Awards, in association with the Female Tribe and 1st for Women Insurance Brokers Finalist: Arts, Culture and Heritage
2011, March Chai FM 101.9 Interview with David Batzofin
2011, January ‘Facing A Century: turning pop culture into fine art’ Article by Monica Davies, Creator of Awesomeness, A Thousand Guitars
2011, January ‘Art site seeks SA faces’ Article by Lezette Engelbrecht, ITWeb online features editor, ITWeb
2010, September ‘Sketchbooktrails – A journey in Fine Art’ Feature on Sketchbooktrails and ‘Facing a Century’ on Stellies Jol
2010, June ‘Sketchbooktrails – A journey in Fine Art’ Article by Seth Rotherham, 2oceansvibe
2008, 2009 ‘Diaspora’, and 3 other paintings by Taf were acquired by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, DBSA, as part of their corporate art collection.
2008, August Exhibited in “Justice for All” at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa in support of the Legal Resources Centre.
2008, August The University of Cape Town’s Monday Paper and UCT Daily Online featured articles on Taf and her art.
2007, November / December Exhibited in “Contemporary Visions of Southern Africa”, Pretoria Art Museum.
2007, April Exhibition, Ingwenya Country Escape, South Africa.
2006, June Painting ‘Diaspora’ selected for the Ekurhuleni Fine Art Award 2006 Finalist exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2005, April Won First Place in nationwide Arts Festival sponsored by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Zimbabwe and was awarded a cash prize at the event.
2003, January “Nature’s Child” Exhibition at ‘Picasso’s’ in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, held to raise funds for Childline, Bulawayo.
2001, November Exhibited work at Intershop, an expo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF)