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Madalitso Ziwaoh uses coffee to paint

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Balaka-based visual artist Madalitso Ziwaoh continues to up his game as, over the weekend, he showed people the beauty of art through artworks painted using coffee.

Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans and is loved by many just like tea but Ziwaoh decided to use coffee in a different way and that is art.

Having launched an exhibition at The Culture Lab in Lilongwe last weekend, Ziwaoh also took time out to go on a live painting assignment at Latitude in the same city, where he embarked on painting using coffee.

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“Many people love coffee including myself and I have friends who are producing coffee in the country including Namikango coffee. So, I thought of using coffee to produce artworks or any coffee-related artworks as one way of appreciating Malawi’s products,” he said.

“It is process for us to have coffee; it starts in the garden and then where it is processed and then to the consumer. And I decided to respect all this work by creating artworks using coffee,” he said.

He said he was using coffee in the same way he paints using water colours.

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“The only difference is in the technique; otherwise, I am exploring new things and this is what art is all about. I want, through all this, people to give art attention and value it,” Ziwaoh said.

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