About the Artist
Mwamba Mulangala (born 1976), is among Zambia’s prominent contemporary artists. In his paintings, he has a habit of working on stretched canvases as acrylic paint mixing supports and recycles these into uniquely finished paintings with charming layers of color, texture, and depth. Mwamba also repurposes found materials from his environment and creates exciting assemblages and mixed media.
Internationally, Mwamba has garnered the interest and patronage of a number of public and private collections. He has participated in group exhibitions, including Faces – Gesichter 100 Portraits in Heidelberg, Germany; Realizing an African Renaissance at Millenia Fine Art, in New York City; Afrika at Audis Husar Fine Art, in Los Angeles; the 2010 Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art, in Dakar, Senegal and many others. In addition to group exhibitions in Zambia, he has had successful solo exhibitions like Body Language at Bella Luna in Massachusetts; Kumwesu (A place where one comes from) at the Dubuque Museum of Art, in Iowa, USA and Unplugged at Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mwamba is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Henry Tayali Award for Best Two-Dimensional Artist in Zambia (1999).
His education includes an Art Teachers’ Diploma from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Zambia, a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Zambia Open University and masters in Fine Art at the Open College of Art, United Kingdom. He works and lives in Lusaka, Zambia.