Artist: Mazola wa Mwashighadi
Title: Cry My Beloved Country (2013)
Medium: Oil paint and Chinese marker on canvas
Artist’s Name: Mazola wa Mwashighadi
Title of Work: Cry My Beloved Country
Date Created: 2013
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Materials/Media: Oil paint & chinese markers on canvas
Country of Origin: Kenya
Previous Owner(s): None
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.Read more
In Kenyan art, as in all African art, themes are based on the representation of daily life and African culture; and reveal the importance behind some of its most beautiful art. Richard Kimathi (b.1971) Mongooses (Kibera),2009 The common themes are: a couple, a woman and a child, a male with a weapon or animal, an outsider or “stranger”; but most African traditional societies placed great significance on decoration of both functional and ritual objects, and the body as well. In some tribes this was raised to the form of high art. Kivuthi Mbuno (Kenyan, born 1947) “Kamba Hunters,” 2011 Tribal Origins The Maasai use decorative beading and jewellery to emphasize social status. The Samburu place great significance on physical beauty and adornment, especially among warriors, who take great care of their physical appearance, using hair styling â¦[read more]