The Board of Trustees and the Gallery Delta Community extend their most sincere condolences to the Azevedo family, on the passing away of Arthur, husband to Olga and father to Ronaldo, Delfina and Bruno. Arthur was an inspiration and mentor to artists and students from a variety of walks of life, and has been a prominent figure within Zimbabwean Visual Arts, for over five decades.
Arthur was a member of the early contemporary art group, The Circle and a central figure within Gallery Delta in its earliest days. Having trained as a teacher at St Augustine College in Cape Town, followed by a six year period of study within philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Urban University ‘de Propaganda Fide’ in Rome, his interest in painting and the visual arts began to dominate, and in conjunction with a long and impactful career as a teacher, he maintained a steady and prolific career as an artist. He was an outstanding draughtsman, but is best known for his distinctive and extraordinary work as a metal sculptor and welder. Arthur was a founder member of the Board of Trustees of Gallery Delta and the Foundation for Art and the Humanities.
Through his position as an artist and teacher and willingness to give of his time, expertise and extensive knowledge, Arthur made a significant impact on those who came into contact with him. We will miss his gentle manner, his kindness and humility, and his deep and thoughtful way of going through life. He will always remain an integral member of the Zimbabwean visual artistic story.