Mazola wa Mwashighadi (Kenyan, born 1964)
Enthronement of the Matriarch, 2010
Signed ‘Mazola 10’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
90.5 x 71 cm
Ksh 360,000 – 500,000
US$ 3,500 – 4,850
Provenance: direct from the artist via Banana Hill Art Gallery
Mazola wa Mwashighadi is a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, discarded objects, installation, performance and painting. Concerned with storytelling and salvage as forms of healing and creation, Mwashighadi’s paintings have a deep tactile and emotional sensitivity. In this piece, material and image seem to exist together in a state of continuous becoming, of fusion and mutual transformation.
Born in Taita-Taveta District in Kenya, Mwashighadi trained as a teacher at Asumbi Teachers’ Training College and taught from 1987 to 1990. Mazola then attended the Creative Art Centre in Nairobi, attaining a Diploma in Fine Art in 1994. After being awarded the Commonwealth Art and Craft Fellowship Award 1996/97 for the Africa region by the Commonwealth Foundation, Mwashighadi attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica – majoring in free-form sculpture during his fellowship period.
Mazola now lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica where he frequently exhibits, as well holding exhibitions in Italy, Kenya, Barbados, the UK, the USA, Bangladesh, Antigua and Trinidad and Tobago.