Zimbabwe’s young painter, 22 year-old Lance Marimo, all the way from Seke, Chitungwiza, has lifted the country’s flag high here in Golestan Province, Iran, by scooping the 1st prize in the 17th International Visual Arts Festival for Youth.
Marimo, who beat other 99 contestants in a competition that attracted 250 artists from all over the world, walked away with a floating trophy, a certificate and three gold coins worth one thousand united states dollars at a ceremony that was attended by government officials who included governors, ministers and officials from the ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Art Affairs.
Marimo was upbeat when he was handed over his first prize.


He said it shows that Zimbabwean art is also rated among the best in the world. The piece of painting that won him a prize is titled Transformation of Time.


Marimo is a student at the National gallery of Zimbabwe.


He beat contemporary painters from Albania, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Tanzania, Sudan, Senegal, Ghana, Kazakistan and Kenya.


In the painting category 100 paintings were submitted to the panel of judges.


The paintings were later streamed down to 14, of which the judges had to come up with a winner and two runner-ups.
Head of the Visual Arts Centre of in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Chairman of the policy-making Council wished the 22 year old all the success in his future artistic endeavours.
Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Art Affairs, Mr Mohammed Sha Abadi said a piece of art should reflect what society is all about and thanked those who took part in the festival saying Iran has the capacity to host a festival of such a magnitude.