Dalitso Disi, one of the country’s finest visual artists, is expected to fly to Dubai in next month to undertake a number of arts-related projects such as drawing and painting.
Speaking in an interview, Disi said he has secured a partnership with high profile arts enthusiasts from Dubai who have invited him for a business trip.
“This is a business trip aimed at exploring a market for local visual arts products. I will also be engaged in painting, drawing and selling of arts products from Malawi. This is not only a huge opportunity for me as an individual artist, but also Malawi as a whole,” he said.
Disi met the Dubai businesspeople via his social marketing Facebook page called Alexioua’s Arts.
He said his trip will be for three months and expected to expose talent and create a market for Malawian arts.
“If all goes by plan, a market linkage of local arts products with be created between Malawi and Dubai with me acting as a bridge,” said Disi.
The lack of networking is one of the major contributing factors to the poor exposure of Malawian artists and their products on the international level.
As result, promising talents and products end up being abused locally due to lack of support.
Disi described as promising the demand for local art in Dubai, adding he will go there with a collection of Malawian arts products to sell.
“Currently I am buying some of the finest art products done by my fellow Malawian artists that I am looking forward to market in Dubai,” he said.
Disi is a visual artist whose strongest point is creating portraits, wall paintings and decoration.
He rose to fame with such popular artworks as portrait of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika, which he used to display at Cleopatra at Chichiri Shopping Centre in Blantyre from where he used to operate.
Among other places, Disi has also operated from Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre. n