Ng’andwe Mwaba is no stranger to the Zambian Art scene. Distinguishing himself from other artists by neither using brush nor paint for most of his works, his drawing technique itself is art not seen before. The German Embassy proudly presents him as the “Artist of the Month” in September 2014 and lets his words speak and elaborate on his works in the following statement by the artist himself:
“My work addresses issues of a simple lifestyle which possesses energy with immense magnitude of metamorphosis, a kind that does not need rocket science to improve. With warm colours, my paintings try to bring a sight of acceptance, delight and comfort. When I was younger, I was very obsessed with the ideologies of progress on the expense of expensive and sophisticated means, but then I discovered that the voice lies in little things that are given minimum attention. Things like a ballpoint pen, essentially a writing tool mainly used for signing contracts, writing prescription, making commitments and many others things.
It is the definition, precision and effectiveness of this inexpensive tool that gives me the confidence to create work that expresses feeling in a still, but rather expressive drawing. A bit of colour in the drawing describes the need to recognise the migration from a rather calm environment to a more digitalised world . In order to address the social context more vividly, an introduction to drawing on canvas made me address more with increasing size, making it more precise to the layman’s eye.
Growing up in Copperbelt-Province in an environment where people came from different parts of my country Zambia turned out to be the most creative moment of my childhood. It also gave me the opportunity to be exposed to patrons from different traditional backgrounds, tribes and languages with a unique but vivid perspective towards culture.
As an artist, it is partly through this experience that I have developed humane interests in interaction, even as we also derive inspiration from other aspects such as nature, the society and social involvements, just to mention a few.”
Ng’andwe Mwaba has most recently gone public with “Kuchabu” in Lusaka displaying his entire artistic range by exhibiting his signature ballpoint pen drawings, acrylic paintings on canvas and a combination of both. Please find his contact details on the right and a selection of his brilliant work in our online art Gallery.