A world record $750 million is the most expensive painting by a living artist sold in Africa.

14 December 2018

In Line, an acrylic painting by award winning, contemporary artist Richard Mudariki is the most expensive painting ever sold on the African continent, and it was not at an art auction at Christie’s or Sotheby’s. The painting, painted in 2008 by the artist in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe,  was purchased by an art collector at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for $750 million.  

Speaking to  art market expert and journalist Mary Corrigall for an article in Business Day Live in Cape Town recently, the artist confessed that… ‘despite the 2008  financial markets crash and the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe, the amount paid for this painting sets a first world record for a painting by a living artist from the African continent….’ When Mudariki received the cheque, after the gallery commission, the total amount was just over $480 million. The cheque is displayed in the artist’s studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

The painting is in a private collection in Harare, Zimbabwe and has not been seen in public for over a decade.

In 2019,  Mudariki’s marks his Vicennial. He celebrates 20 years of practice as a painter. Programs  planned to commemorate such steadfastness and commitment to creativity is an mono exhibition of this record selling painting in venues in Harare, Lagos, Johannesburg, Kampala and Cape Town.


 To receive more information and an invitation to the exhibition, please fill in your details below or send an email to pr@richardmudariki.com.


10 December 2018

5 great gifts for your artist friend this holiday season


The artist mind works a little differently from, say, your cousin Mandla, the accountant.  Most people have confessed that it is not always easy to buy them a gift, and a general gift just not going to cut it.

Luckily for you, I have have compiled a list of some great gifts for artist friend this 2018 holiday season. Some will appeal to their artistic and creative nature, or make their job a little more fun or comfortable.



1. Artist Block

An artist  has a time when the ideas seem to run dry, and art inspiration becomes sorely lacking. It’s a common dilemma, and plagues every artist. A great gift to show that you understand them will be a small wooden block with the words ‘Artist Block’ or ‘Creative Block’ for their studio.  It is perfect for kicking or throwing out the window in moments of frustration.








2. Odorless Mineral Spirits


If your care about your artist friend who is a oil painter (like me) and works in a cramped studio using turpentine to thin his/her oil paints or clean brushes, he/she can be posed to significant health risks. Acute inhalation of high concentrations of mineral spirits, turpentine vapors, and other solvents can cause narcosis, which can include symptoms of dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, fatigue, loss of coordination, coma, as well as respiratory irritation

Get them a odorless mineral spirit. One of the best products on the market is Gamsol (now available in South Africa). This  is an excellent solvent for thinning oil paints and for general painting. It evaporates 100% and is less toxic than other brands of mineral spirits, or turpentine because the harmful aromatic solvent component has been removed. It's also useful for studio brush cleanup.

In South Africa available from Deckle Edge




3. An Black Artist Journal

A high quality artist journal is not just a sketchbook, but rather a portfolio of the artist's idea thinking process. Challenge your artist friend by gifting him or her with a high quality sketchbook that has black paper. Most of us artists are used to sketch on white paper.







4. An art suppliers shop gift card

Making art is not  cheap. Apart from the long hours or creative thinking and conceptualizing, artists also got all those supplies to buy. It’s enough to drive anyone over the edge. This holiday, offer your artist friend with a respite from their financial trials in the form of a gift card. To buy that gift card for him or her at any art supplies shop in South Africa, please click button below





5. The Art Rules: Wisdom and Guidance from Art World Experts


This is a perfect gift for your artist  friend who wants to jump start their career or take it to the next level. It is truly one of the best books l have read. It works as a practical guide for artists to making the best career choices no matter what kind of art they make. Gift your artist friend with the must have book. You can buy it on Amazon on paperback or as a kindle version. This book ships to South Africa.





Happy Holidays!