Barry Lungu was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1971. He studied at the BAT Visual Art Workshop (National Gallery Zimbabwe) from 1991 to 1992. He lives and works in Harare but often travels to rural areas of Zimbabwe in search of inspiration for his landscape paintings, which show people in their natural surroundings. He also paints the African landscape in bright, vivid colors and uses strong, bold and sometimes harsh brushstrokes to emphasize the strength of his subjects.
He finds his inspiration from the Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, whose work he admires. His favorite scenes are market places, bars and farm activities. Barry Lungu was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Visual Art 1992 and an Award of Merit Zimbabwe Heritage (National Gallery of Zimbabwe) 1992. Paintings by Barry Lungu hang in private collections throughout South Africa and also in Europe and America.
1995 National Gallery, Zimbabwe
1992 Temple Bar Gallery, Ireland
1992-95 Gallery Delta, Harare
1993-96 Verandah Gallery, Harare
1995 Soweto Gallery, South Africa
1996 Pierre Gallery, Harare
1998-9 Innerspace Gallery, Harare
1997 Pierre Gallery, Harare
My art training was founded at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Firstly, in 1990, I submitted my portfolio consisting of self taught work from home. The relevant authorities from BAT selected me and a few others among many applicants to qualify for the two year grant. This grant is used to purchase art materials each year for a limited number of students attending lessons for the duration of the course. My art comes from people around me and their familiar surroundings. It’s about people and their places of activity. I use the human figure to express my feelings of the moment, be it joy or sorrow. My main influences are from ordinary everyday life. By using swift brush strokes I express the movement and feel of the subject concerned. My style of work is modern impressionism.