Interview to Robert Wadarwa
Robert Wadrwa – Stone Sculptor
|Current City||Lilongwe, Malawi|
|Phone||+265 (0) 991 156 941|
Name of Stone Art: The Face of Africa
The green serpentine stone is found and sourced in Zimbabwe, the artist created an abstract face inspired by Pablo Picasso’s melting faces.
Name of Painting: Ngoni Chiefs
The head of Ngoni Chief and his wife. These stone sculptures were inspired by the Dedza and Ntcheu Ngoni tribes. From the chief’s signature headband and beaded necklace (mikanda).
Interview Date: July, 2021
“There is an inexplicable bond between the sculptures and people.”
I started in 2008 by making wire sculptures with my uncle. As the business grew, I switched to stone because there was a higher demand for it.
One of the Malawian artists I have always looked up to is Yobu Namacha. His work inspires me.
Currently, the stone sculptures can be found at the area4 arts and craft market.
When I look at the sculptures, I feel connected to them and that is what I enjoy about making art. There is an inexplicable bond between the sculptures and people.
Usually, I just look at the sculpture and I know that it’s done. But there is also a saying in art which is “in art, every mistake is a design” and this is something that I strongly believe.
At the moment I am happy with the turnout. However, it could be better. Ithink one of the things that would attract more people is a display in a different location. This would automatically mean I would reach a bigger audience.
I hope to start an art gallery some day with the aim of merging art created by people from different cultures.
I would like to work with as many artist as possible. My dream is to collaborate with as many artist as I can.