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Lilongwe- based up-and-coming female visual artist Lusako Sikwese recently made history when she held her own exhibition at La Galleria.
La Galleria is a popular hub owned by well-known visual artist Elson Kambalu.
At 17 years, Lusako managed to impress the audience with her works. She exhibited 13 works during the exhibition.
Lusako’s exhibition was titled Through the Eyes of Lusako.
During the exhibition which was also attended by her parents, the visual artist managed to sell for artworks.
Lusako in her speech thanked her parents for supporting her and promised to do more.
“I just want to say thank you to my parents for being there for me and supporting me and giving me the encouragement,” she said.
Patrons were impressed by the young lady’s talent, and her parents went on to say that part of the money realised during the exhibition will be donated to an orphanage.
Kambalu also said he was impressed with Lusako’s talent.
“There is talent in the country but it needs to be supported. I am impressed with Lusako. As La Galleria apart from selling different works for artists, we also gather children and teach them art,” he said.
Lusako started painting at the age of 4.
Whilst in United Kingdom by the age of 7, she had already been chosen to represent her school in a competition.
And back in the country, she proceeded studying art whilst a student at Bishop Mackenzie School and then later Kamuzu Academy where for three consecutive years she won competitions for designing posters for drama.
She has just sat for her IGSCE examinations.
“Art is an outlet. When I feel like turning the world out and letting everything go, that’s when I turn to art. It’s what I turn to when I am happy, sad and bored.
“The feeling I get after making something, whether it’s a painting or a drawing is something I can’t explain. Painting and drawing are my ways of finding peace. It’s more than just a hobby to me,” she said.
Her catalogue of works includes World Aids, Dancing Lady, Sunset Leaves, Taunting Fate, Black Rose, Rainbow Flower, Trials Judgment, Weight of Inequality and Flowers For Dad.

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