Mwamba Mulangala (born 1976) is recognized as one of Zambia’s most compelling and innovative artists. Mwamba has had solo exhibitions in Zambia, South Africa and the USA. Further, he has been part of international group exhibitions in Senegal, South Africa, Germany, Perú and USA. Winner of the 1999 Henry Tayali Award for The Best Two Dimensional Artist in Zambia. He was selected for the 2010 Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal. Mwamba has also undertaken artist residencies in Perú, Spain and South Africa. Mwamba holds a Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters in Fine Art.
Mwamba Mulangala creates evocative work using a combination of conventional and quotidian materials using the human form as a point of departure. His work is based on a personal inquiry into the rights and responsibilities of societies to survive and thrive, including the relationships within and between them. This includes the fight for access to equal opportunities, peace and conflict resolution, political retribution as well as the spiritual realm. He has a habit of working on a variety of paint mixed supports and recycles these into uniquely finished paintings with charming layers of color, texture, and depth. Habitually, within his textural painterly illustrative work, he further manipulates the exertions by adding introspective text – ingeniously manipulating these supportive messages with a focus to instigate allegory. These threads often create whimsical, yet definitive narratives; but also create resilient, yet profound annotations.