17 Jul 2014

Featured Artist: Rabson Phiri

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Born in 1982, Rabson Phiri’s characteristic artworks spring from his background in bicycle repairing. He received his training from the late Friday Tembo, one of Zambia’s most prominent sculptors, through an apprenticeship at his art studio Ulendo. Rabson worked with Friday Tembo as right-hand man from 1998 to 2004. After the death of Friday Tembo in 2004, Rabson attended his first workshop in Siavonga, as well as the “Art is Everywhere” recycling workshop in Nigeria. Rabson has attended many group exhibitions at V.A.C, Rockstone, Lusaka Museum and Twaya Art at the Intercontinental Hotel. Rabson was awarded the second prize in Sculpture in 2010 for the Art for Wildlife Competition. The stART Foundation’s “Movement-Momentum” Exhibition in 2013 was Rabson’s first major exhibition of a body of his works. He currently works from a studio in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, together with a group of emerging artists.

A collection of Rabson’s dynamic and impressive works are on display in 37d Gallery’s Ongoing Exhibition should you wish to view them.