Chilyapa Lwando – Mpali
Chilyapa Lwando also known as Danny Lwando to his close friends was born in 1971 in Mufulira of the Copperbelt of Zambia. His first experiences has an artists was when he entered my secondary education in 1980. Later in 1998 he joined the National Visual Arts Council which helped him to widen the horizons of his art career.
Chilyapa Lwando attended local workshops and an international workshop organised by Insaka International artists trust in 2003. In 2002, he was privileged to go to Norway and UK for a Photography fellowship. Chilyapa Lwando won the 2009 Zambia National Ngoma award for the Henry Tayali category which is the best two dimension award.
Chilyapa Lwando was a pioneer artists for a photography club which was an affiliate to Zambia National Visual Arts Council whose aim was to promote photography as a fine art tool among artists. He has coordinated and facilitated photography workshops organised by the Visual Arts Council, Insaka International Trust and the National Museum.
From 2000 to 2012, Chilyapa Lwando worked as an official photographer and Darkroom Technician for Zambia National Visual Arts Council of Zambia. In 2018 he served as National Vice Secretary for Zambia National Visual Arts Council and currently a Board member for Zambia National Arts Council. He now lives and works in Chongwe of Lusaka province as a full time artist.
Chilyapa Lwando – Mpali
The basic underlying theme the paintings of Chilyapa Lwando is inspired by African traditions and culture. His idea is to put forward an awareness of African art to the rest of the world and a way to celebrate, educate and reinforce his own sense of self as well as explore and preserve some of our traditions and culture.
Chilyapa Lwando derived his inspiration from the aesthetics and excellence of the antiquity of African images and imitating them, creating works full of designs from ancient pieces just like Picasso and his contemporaries. The idea is to schematically depict individuals or groups with very few characteristic features but which says a lot about the subject .This is a means for him to show individuals or groups using symbols and patterns from African images. This result in creating generalised images that uses stereotyped features to represent an individual or group who can be recognised by the images’ context.