Interview to Taona Makunje Chigwenembe
Taona Makunje Chigwenembe – Visual Artist
|Current City||Lilongwe, Malawi|
|Phone||+265 (0) 999 657 410|
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 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.“
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.
I am inspired by many artists such as Masa Lemu, the late Boston Mbale, the late Nixon Malamulo, Andrew Missi and Peter Masina.
I enjoy the whole process. It is just an amazing time of meditation and therapy.
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.
At Pa Mthunzi Lounge in Area 49, Lilongwe. Pa Mthunzi also happens to be such a great platform for all kinds of art.
Malawi is such a beautiful and peaceful country. I have a lot of things to draw my inspiration from.
I am okay with the reception. However, the situation could be better for Malawian artists if the art industry was well funded and supported.
The “SHE Voice” art festival which is coming up next year.
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.