Zimbabwean visual artists who recently attended the Venice Bienale Arts Exhibition have returned home after acquiring fresh ideas on how to come up with internationally rated artworks.

While in Venice, Italy, the Zimbabwean Pavilion left various visitors amazed at the narrative that was being exhibited.

Based on the theme: “Soko Risina Musoro”, derived from the late nationalist Hebert Chitepo’s poems, the Zimbabwean exhibition marveled those who passed through the stand at the showcase.

Neville Starling and Georgina Maxim said attending the Venice Biennale left them yearning to start working hard after being exposed to various ideas and knowledge from other international artists.

“It was a great experience and getting to see the ideas behind other artists’ works was mind blowing,” said Starling.

“Art is a beautiful thing and it gets even better when you interact with other international artist whom you can learn one or two things from and incorporate it into your work,” said Maxim.

Chief curator and technical director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mr Raphael Chikukwa said Zimbabwe should applaud itself for being constant in its art form since 2011 when the country started attending the exhibition in Italy.

“Often we forget to clap hands for ourselves, but this time around Zimbabwe deserves it and we are also grateful to the government for its support throughout these years and we aim to do more and raise the flag of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Over 20 000 people visited the Zimbabwean Pavilion in Venice.