Internationally recognized as one of the best Zambian artists of his generation Mwamba Mulangala is an expressionist artist whose body of work focuses on exploring human relationships. He usually starts with a a human form as a point of departure and develops his work further by enriching his paintings with arrangement of African iconography often placed in juxtaposition with the universal symbols. Inspired by the traditional African sculpture, Mwamba Mulangala focuses his efforts to exploring the cultural, psychological and ritualistic aspects of his characters to emphasize the individual and collective identities.
Mwamba Mulangala was born in 1976 in Mbalam Northern Province of Zambia. He studied art at the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce. He works in a variety of forms including assemblage, painting and installation but the artist is also known to create video works in which he deals with the relationship of society and political elite. Mwamba Mulangala’s unique painting technique allows him to work simultaneously on two pieces. While paining one artwork he uses another canvas to mix his paint. This canvas will later be recycled and reused as the base for a completely new painting. This propensity to reuse material extends to his assemblages and unique mixture of painting an installations created from found waste materials. Though he uses a variety of materials to create his pieces acrylics paint is constantly present in his work as the artist values its ability to dry quickly which lets him add a touch of spontaneity into his pieces.
Mwamba Mulangala admires the body forms painted by his late mentor Shadreck Simukanga and a grand French master Edgar Degas while the dreamlike imagery of Marc Chagall is something that the artist can relate to since dreams also represent one of the sources of inspiration. Apart from his dreams and the works of great African and Western masters the Mwamba Mulangala also gets the inspiration from his personal experiences filled by experiences of others and society. Sometimes he uses photographs as reference for his pieces while other times he uses sketches made during quick observation.
Mwamba Mulangala‘s pieces often reflect the struggle of both groups and individuals to survive in society. Due to the political but also sexual nature of his work the artist is known to raise eyebrows in the conservative part of Zambia’s society. His works were featured in numerous exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles, Germany, and the Dak’Art African Contemporary Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal. Apart from being an artist, Mwamba Mulangala is also a visual art teacher at American International School of Lusaka in Zambia.
Mwamba Mulangala is represented by Art Acacia.
Featured image : Mwamba Mulangala – Deserted Seeds, detail
Images courtesy of Art Acacia
|2016||Unplugged||The Big factory, Fordsburg, Gauteng, South Africa||Solo|
|2014||Golden Jubilee: Zambian Contemporary Art.||BEACON (Zambia). Ethan Cohen KuBe.||Group|
|2013||Point of View (sponsored by Autoworld Zambia)||The Alliance Française of Lusaka, Zambila||Solo|
|2013||Lusaka my city !||37d Gallery Lusaka||SOlo|
|2011||Grand Opening of AISL Gallery, Tiyende Pamodzi Theater, Lusaka||AISL Gallery, Tiyende Pamodzi Theater, Lusaka||Solo|
|2010||Body Language,||Bella Luna, Massachusetts, United States||Solo|
|2010||Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art||Dakar, Senegal||Group|
|2010||Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art||Dakar, Senegal,||Group|
|2010||Africa,||Audis Husar Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States||Group|
|2009||Resonance Within (sponsored by the European Union)||Lusaca National Museum., Zambia||Solo|
|2008||Realizing an African Renaissance,||Millenia Fine Art, New York, USA||Group|
|2006-2013||Mwamba Mulangala||Alliance Française, Lusaka||Solo|
|2006||MWAMBA MULANGALA: Way of Self.||Lusaka (Zambia). Alliance Française.||Solo|
|2004||Stories to tell,||USA Embassy, Lusaka||Solo|
|2003||Kumwesu – A place where one comes from||at Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa, 2003||Solo|
|2001||MWAMBA MULANGALA: Body Language II.||Lusaka (Zambia). U.S Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission’s residence.||Solo|
|2000||The way we see it||LUSAKA (Zambia). American International School.||Group|
|1999||Musikili Art.||LUSAKA (Zambia). Hellenic Hall.||Group|
|1999||Mbile International Artists’ Exhibition.||LUSAKA (Zambia). National Museum.||Group|
|1999||Moods and Impressions.||LUSAKA (Zambia). National Museum.||Group|
|1998||Zamcell.||LUSAKA (Zambia). Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre.||Group|
|1997||Moods and Impressions: Geoffrey Phiri and Mwamba Mulangala.||LUSAKA (Zambia). Lusaka National Museum.||Group|
|1995||Imiti Ikula Artists.||LUSAKA (Zambia). Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre.||Group|