ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Mazola Wa Mwashighadi

Artist Statement

I see that the past and the future are within the present.  The so-called traditional values and philosophies which are now being discarded should actually be the basis of what we call the new.  Being an artist born and raised in Taita-Taveta in Kenya, I belong to a particular tribe with its own belief systems and values. My great-grandfather was a guardian of the community and was also involved in rituals, such as sacrificing for rain. I lived and worked in Nairobi before settling in Jamaica and I try to fuse all these worlds, because that is my way of being true to self.  Some of my work is ritualistic representation, which many would call contemporary African Art – comprising many borrowed elements from all over the world.

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Mazola in Studio Woodwork

BIOGRAPHY

Patrick Mazola, known as Mazola Wa Mwashighadi, was born in Taita-Taveta District in Kenya, on April 9, 1964. He trained as a teacher at Asumbi Teachers’ Training College from 1985-87 and taught from 1987 to 1990.  From 1991 to 1994 Mazola attended the Creative Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, attaining a Diploma in Fine Art (drawing and painting).
After being awarded the Commonwealth Art and Craft Fellowship Award 1996/97 for the Africa region by the Commonwealth Foundation, he attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (1997/1998) in Kingston, Jamaica – majoring in free-form sculpture during his fellowship period.

Mazola now lives and works in his adopted home, Kingston, as a multi-disciplinary artist.

Recollection of the Departed

EDUCATION

1997-1998 Commonwealth Art & Craft Fellowship Award (Study Programme) Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (Majoring in Free-form Sculpture), Kingston, Jamaica

1991-1994 Diploma in Fine Art  (Drawing & Painting) Creative Art Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

EXHIBITIONS, SOLO SHOWS & COMMISSIONS

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2015 Form & Function, Redbones Blues Café, Kingston, Jamaica

2014 Recent Works, The Studio, Montego Bay, Jamaica

2014 Vision 30/50, Harmony Hall, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

2010 Woman of all Seasons (In honour of my mother’s transition), Portmore, Jamaica

2010 Spiritual Romance, Soft Box Studios Gallery, St Clair, Trinidad & Tobago

2009 Solo Exhibition, Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados

2009 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

2007/08 State of Mind, Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

2004 Mzango, (Sculpture), Gallery Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

2004 Solo Exhibition, Harmony Hall, Antigua

2004 Chia, (Sculpture & Paintings), Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados

2000 Destinations, Gallery Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

1999 Celebration of Fused Memories, The Orange Circle Studio, Nairobi, Kenya

1998 Memories Do Linger, French Culture Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

1998 Sacrifice for Rain, Gallery Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

1997 One Man Show, Nairobi, Kenya

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2006 Art of Sculpture, Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

2002 Two to the Power of Three, Simon Bolivar Auditorium, Trinidad & Tobago

2001 8 Kenyan Artists, Milan and Rome, Italy

1999 9th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh

1997/98 Scotland Africa Travelling Exhibition, Edinburgh, London

1998 Young Generation, Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

1994/95 Royal Overseas League, 11/12 Annual Exhibitions, London, England

1994 Kenya Arts Festival, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

 

COMMISSIONS 

Totem of Heritage, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica

Book Illustration, Jacaranda Designs, Nairobi, Kenya (Fumo Liyongo)

GALLERY AFFILIATION

  • Harmony Hall Gallery,Jamaica;
  • Soft Box Gallery,Trinidad & Tobago;
  • Gallery of Caribbean Art, Barbados.

AWARDS

  • 2009 Juror’s Prize, Tea Glorious Tea, Revolution Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1996/97 Commonwealth Art & Craft Fellowship Award for the African Region
  • 1994 Overseas Prize & Savannah Gallery Prize, 11th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Overseas League
  • 1994 3rd Prize, Art Africa, Kampala, Uganda