Live painting livens exhibition


Two visual artists Madalitso Ziwaoh from Balaka and Charles Levison who is now based in Lilongwe, showed the beauty of painting when they painted live during an exhibition themed The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre on Saturday afternoon.

Apart from displaying beautiful pieces telling diverse stories attached to the story of innovator William Kamkwamba, the two decided to embark on a journey of live painting, offering people something special during the launch of the exposition which runs until April 24 2021.

Ziwaoh painted a picture of Jacaranda School for Orphans founder Marie Da Silva which she posted on Facebook getting Covid vaccine while Levison went for JCC building.


With people who included learners from Jacaranda School for Orphans watching with keen interest and legendary musician Snowden Ibbu dishing out his music, Ziwaoh was the first to finish followed by Levison and they received standing ovations.

“We just thought we should do our exhibition differently from the usual ones. I am happy that we also had art students who got inspired.

“My live painting work is drawn from a picture Marie Da Silva posted on Facebook getting a jab. There are a lot of things being said as regards vaccine and I am taking up a role using my art to encourage people to go for vaccination,” Ziwaoh said.


Levison also described the live painting as something special.

One of the up-and coming artists Anne Chimwenye, who is a student at Jacaranda School for Orphans, said through live painting she has been encouraged to do more in her art.

“I get encouraged when there are exhibitions. I learn a lot and , today, I have learned you can produce a painting in a day as long as you concentrate and then the mix of colours is another area,” Chimwenye said.

Another student Stephano

Kudzanja also said he had learned a lot and that he had also been inspired by meeting the artists.

An idea of Levison aimed at appreciating the story of Kamkwamba, the exhibition first launched at Chocolate Factory in Zomba before coming to JCC.

JCC Director Luc Deschamps said it was a wonderful feeling to launch the exhibition with very beautiful art.

“It has been a channel starting with books, documentaries and then Netflix film and now art by artists and to have a live painting session was amazing,” Deschamps, who bought one of the paintings by Thandi Mjima, said.

The exhibition, with over 30 paintings on display, opened on a good note as a number of pieces got sold.

Andrew Missi and Samuel Ndalema are the other artists with their works in the exhibition.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind exhibition is a project being driven by Art Malawi with Moving Windmill, a non-governmental organisation initiated by Kamkwamba.

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