Art in the Seychelles is very much influenced by Creole culture and probably offers the easiest and quickest way to experience it.
There are two permanent galleries in Victoria: my place, Kaz Zanana (Pineapple House) and the Eden Art Space on Eden Island, a gallery I set up three years ago to showcase the work of other artists.
At the moment, I only display my own work at Kaz Zanana, but I have plans to extend and opening a gallery that will display work from all Seychellois artists. Kaz Zanana is also interesting in that it is only one of two traditional Creole houses left in Victoria.
It’s raised off the ground, built entirely from wood, all opened up with verandas to let the breezes through. It cost a fortune to restore and, sadly, there is no heritage fund. The money I earn from my art I put into the building to maintain it.
Elsewhere across the islands, you’ll find little galleries and studios run by other artists, usually set up in their homes. (I have one on La Digue, for example). Kenwyn House, another old Creole building in Victoria, also has the occasional exhibition.