Tayali Henry
Untitled

CAT NO 91
OIL ON BOARD
33 X 45CM
SIGNED HENRY TAYALI BOTTOM RIGHT
ACQUIRED 1972
MIS-NAMED ‘HENRY TAYAZ’ IN PREVIOUS CATALOGUES

Busy interior scene, possibly a cafe containing many figures with colourful garments.

Henry Nkole Tayali (born November 22, 1943 – July 22, 1987) was a multi-lingual Zambian fine artist, sculptor, printmaker, raconteur and lecturer. He has been described as Zambia’s most famous painter and most revered artist. Tayali was one of the first Africans to work tirelessly to raise the profile of indigenous African art and crafts in Zambia, Africa, and the world through workshops, conferences, discussions, exhibitions, newspaper articles, magazines and television appearances.

He played a very pivotal and influential role in cultural and artistic development in Zambia and Africa. He was president of the International Association of Artists in Zambia (which fell under UNESCO), and represented Zambia at various international symposia and conferences. He also headed the Art Centre Foundation, the National Craft Council of Zambia, and the National Museums Board.

In 1989, over seventy artists from around Zambia convened at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Sciences, and formed the Zambia National Visual Arts Council (VAC) in his honour – as the national organisation for visual artists to be run by artists in Zambia. They named its headquarters at the Lusaka Showgrounds “The Henry Tayali Visual Art Centre”. The Visual Arts Council started its operations in 1991, but the Visual Arts Centre was officially opened later in 1995. It hosts art competitions, exhibitions, and seminars and it is one of the must-sees on the Zambian tourist circuit. The Ngoma Awards, sponsored by the National Arts Council of Zambia confers the “Henry Tayali Award” for Best Two-Dimensional Visual Artist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Tayali