Posts Tagged ‘Mozambique’

Artist of the moment……Malangatana-Valente-Ngwenya

Malangatana Valente- Ngwenya is perhaps the best and most internationally renown painter to come from the country of Mozambique. Malangatana Valente- Ngwenya was born in the year 1936 in Matalana, Mozambique. The artist enjoys working with the human figure and exaggerating facial expressions and body language to make very large paintings that have a great emotional range of the subjects involved. The artist works in many mediums including ceramics and sculpture in addition to his paintings.

He came to fall in love with art as a teen. He moved away from his family and found work as a ball boy at a tennis club. A woman who was a member of the club would buy supplies for him and also help him to make sales to fellow members.

Spent one year and half in jail for supporting an anti-government movement. After his jail time he would go on to win a scholarship to study art in Portugal.

Included in the collection of the National Gallery of African Art located in Washington D.C.

I don’t know what language this clip is in, but some great examples of the artist’s style:

A quick visit to the studio of the artist. Again, I am unsure of the language but love the visual pictures!

The artist passed away in 2011 at the age of 74 years of age.