rizikiAdding a creative, cultural flair to the holiday season, Riziki S.J. Kateya will be the Artist in Residence at the Lodge this festive season.

Riziki, who is famous for her botanical illustrations, is of Maasai origin and through the beauty of her work, strives to build awareness of the importance of conservation. While her passion was first sparked by botanical watercolours, over the years she has extended her painting techniques across different mediums and now also paints animals and landscapes.

Studying at the Bagamoyo College of Arts (just to the north of Dar Es Salaam), it was there  that Riziki earned a scholarship to study in London at the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens to become an expert in her botanical illustrations.

Her paintings of wild flowers, animals and the local culture have adorned the walls of many properties across Tanzania and during her time at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, guests will be able to see her work come to life, stroke by stroke, with individual pieces also available for purchase.

20160520_154626In addition to her time studying, Riziki  worked on the Saintpaulia research project in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, which is an internationally recognised biological hotspot. Through many challenging expeditions into the  cloud forest, Riziki was able to capture the delicacy of many rare species in the African  Violet family, many of which are endangered.

Riziki will be at the Lodge from December 22, 2016 – January 2, 2017 and will be found painting in daily sessions at Maji Terrace.

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