Art in Malawi

Interview to Taona Makunje Chigwenembe – Visual Artist in Malawi

Interview to Taona Makunje Chigwenembe

Taona Makunje Chigwenembe – Visual Artist

Age 33
Current City Lilongwe, Malawi
Phone +265 (0) 999 657 410

Notable Artworks

Name of Painting: Digital age 2021

Man in the Digital age ad the desire to process every piece of information.

Acrylic on Canvas: 1.84m by 1.38m

Name of Painting: African queens

Women proudly wearing African textiles and rocking their natural hair.

Mixed media: 76cm by 56cm

Interview

Interview Date: December, 2021

“As the years go by, I find my voice in society through art and realise what issues I am passionate about addressing.

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What is your thought process like when you’re creating art?

I often think of the Creator Himself, God and I’m always amazed with all the details and creativity of His work. Then I think of how honoured I am to be given a gift to create things through art.

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Which artists do you look up to and do you have a mentor?

I am inspired by many artists such as Masa Lemu, the late Boston Mbale, the late Nixon Malamulo, Andrew Missi and Peter Masina.

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What is your favourite part about creating art?

I enjoy the whole process. It is just an amazing time of meditation and therapy.

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How has your practice changed over time?

I use my art to address social issues. As the years go by, I find my voice in society through art and realise what issues I am passionate about addressing.

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Where can people buy your art?

At Pa Mthunzi Lounge in Area 49, Lilongwe. Pa Mthunzi also happens to be such a great platform for all kinds of art.

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In what way does living in Malawi impact your art?

Malawi is such a beautiful and peaceful country. I have a lot of things to draw my inspiration from.

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

I am okay with the reception. However, the situation could be better for Malawian artists if the art industry was well funded and supported.

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What is your dream project?

The “SHE Voice” art festival which is coming up next year.

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Any artists you would like to collaborate with?

I would live to collaborate with Daniel Higgins. He is a good friend whom I met in Vermont two years ago. We never got the chance to work on and complete something together. I look forward to a collaboration opportunity with him.

I have worked with many Malawian artists of various projects. I look forward to collaborating with many more.