Raised on a farm in Zimbabwe, Vincent Reid's first inkling that his artistic talent might be exceptional came early. "Before I was ten years old, an art teacher took me and some of my drawings around to the other classes, saying 'Look at this!'"
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in 1970, Reid finished his schooling in Harare before studying interior design and working in the exhibition and events industry for 18 years. He moved to sub-tropical Durban in 2003 and in 2011, dived into a full-time artistic career.
Reid draws from his own photographs, which he collects on regular travels with his family to the wild bushveld of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. "I quite enjoy it when people are drawn in without realising they're looking at a pencil drawing; it means I've captured the creature's soul, maybe even the trees."
In 2014 Reid was named a finalist in the UK's David Shepherd Wildlife Conservation Artist of the Year competition. He has exhibited in South Africa, Australia, Germany, the USA, and the UK, and in 2022 was visited at his studio in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, by Governor of the Falklands Islands Nigel Phillips. The latter had heard about his work from family members.
With his pencil artworks growing in popularity, Reid has released a limited-edition print series of giclée works (the highest-quality reproduction of an original, archivable for at least 150 years), available in various sizes on acid-free paper or canvas.