Art in Malawi

Interview to Robert Wadarwa – Stone Sculptor

Interview to Robert Wadarwa

Robert Wadrwa – Stone Sculptor

Age 35
Current City Lilongwe, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 991 156 941

Notable Artworks

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

Interview Date: July, 2021

“There is an inexplicable bond between the sculptures and people.”

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When did you start making art?

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.

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Which artists do you look up to?

One of the Malawian artists I have always looked up to is Yobu Namacha. His work inspires me.

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Where can people buy your stone sculptures?

Currently, the stone sculptures can be found at the area4 arts and craft market.

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What is your favourite part about creating art?

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.

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How do you know when an art is done?

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.

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Are you satisfied with the way your art has been received?

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.

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What is your dream project?

I hope to start an art gallery some day with the aim of merging art created by people from different cultures.

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Any artists you would like to collaborate with?

I would like to work with as many artist as possible. My dream is to collaborate with as many artist as I can.