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Former car guard Erick Karangwa painting full time

Car guard turned artist Erick David Karangwa in now painting full time and finding his feet in the local art scene after sharing his story with the media and public.

Karangwa was born in Rwanda and fled from his home in 1994 when war broke out, seeking refuge across the continent.

He eventually came to South Africa in 2004 and started working as a car guard at a shopping centre in Constantia.

Karangwa had a hidden gift for painting and was inspired to pick up a brush by Cape Town artist Andrew Cooper, whose work was on display at a gallery in the mall.

Fast-forward a few years, and the talented man is now developing strong connections with galleries and other art communities which have taken notice.

I don't even know how to explain, it's so exciting. I feel like I've jumped into the sky.

Erick David Karangwa, artist

He's elated about the growth of his art career, and working along side Cooper, his mentor and inspiration.

Karangwa exhibits his artwork at the Framing gallery at Constantia Village.

He is also set to paint live on weekends at the KnexT art gallery pop up shop at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront.

On top of that, Karangwa was recently awarded a sponsorship to join the South African Society of Artists, which led him to exhibit alongside his mentor Andrew Cooper at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

On Saturday 26 November he will be exhibiting at Art in the Park at Rondebosch Park from 9am.

He says he will be displaying artworks of African portraits and Cape scenery, from Bantry Bay to Cape Point.

Finally, he has secured a stall at the Kirstenbosch Craft Market every last Sunday of the month for this summer.

Take a listen to Erick David Karangwa's journey and latest achievements:

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