Rwandan car guard turned professional artist, Erick David Karangwa, has found two permanent homes in the Cape Town art scene. Since sharing his story with the media about how he dreamed of making it as an artist in Cape Town, art lovers, galleries, and art societies have taken notice.
Having spent many years working as a car guard at Constantia Village Shopping Centre in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, Erick has gained much popularity amongst its patrons. So having his first home based at the shopping mall makes perfect sense. The Framing Gallery in Constantia is where Erick paints throughout the day from Monday to Friday. Says Peter Hewett of The Framing Gallery in Constantia: “I feel it’s so important that people are given a chance in life and we are delighted to have Erick painting live at our shop. He brings with him much energy and enthusiasm.”
Karangwa says: “This is really a dream come true, I have met so many people who love what I do. I can now interact with them while showing them what I do. I also love to be close to my friends who are working here as car guards. I know how hard it can be to make something of your life and I wish to mentor anyone who needs my guidance.”
Weekends are not spent working as a car guard anymore. Erick will also be painting live at the KnexT art gallery pop up shop at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront. Gallery director, Blake Combrink was introduced to Erick by another incredible fine artist James Musoke-Lule. He says: “When introduced to Erick we immediately knew he had the heart that gives authenticity to his work and he has proven to have the talent to boot. His realistic landscapes show incredibly fast skill development and simultaneously capture the emotive mood of nature’s visual wonders. His life journey is inspirational and magical. We are so proud to host Erick live at our KnexT Art Gallery pop up shop in the Watershed this month.”
Earlier this year, Erick was awarded a sponsorship to join SASA (South African Society of Artists), which resulted in him exhibiting at the recent Kirstenbosch Gardens Art Exhibition alongside his art mentor, Andrew Cooper. Next on the cards, Erick will be exhibiting at the largest ever, Art in the Park at Rondebosch Park (hosted by SASA) on Saturday 26 November from 9am. Here visitors will see his latest work which include landscape paintings of Scarborough Beach as well as a beautiful rendition of Table Mountain seen from Kirstenbosch Gardens to mention a few. And lastly Erick has secured a stall at the Kirstenbosch Craft Market every last Sunday of the month up until the end of summer, where he’ll be painting and selling his artwork.
To see Erick’s work you can visit him at the Constantia Framing Shop in Constantia Village opposite the Spar, from Monday to Friday, 9 – 2pm. And at KnexT art pop up gallery on 19 (Sat), 20 (Sun) and 26 (Sat), 27 (Sun) November and in December on 3 (Sat), 4 (Sun) and 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun). Or line at his Facebook page, Erick Fine Arts or call him on 084 032 3234.