The creative industry has been dealt a heavy blow following the death of veteran visual artist Nixon Malamulo.
Malamulo, who painted using acrylic on canvas, died in the early hours of Saturday at his home in Ndirande, Blantyre, after a long illness.
The legendary artist, whose early encounters with art dates back to late 1970s, will be laid to rest today in Ndirande.
Artists have expressed shock with the death of the award-winning artist who trained a lot of visual artists in the country through his school – Nthililo Studios Art Gallery and School-which he established in 2011.
Visual Arts Association of Malawi acting President Gilbert Mpakule said the nation has lost an artist who was passionate about his artistry.
“We were looking up to him in that he was an experienced artist and has been instrumental in training a lot of artists, most of whom are doing very well on the market,” Mpakule said on Saturday.
Youthful visual artist Chisomo Lifar said he learned a lot from Malamulo.
“I am where I am today because of him. He taught and trained many of us. He was my source of inspiration and whenever I went to his house, he would always encourage me,” Lifar said.
Another veteran visual artist and long-time friend of Malamulo, Andrew Missi, described Malamulo as one of the most creative artists.
“I worked together with Nixon and we discovered more in impressionism and abstract painting. We celebrate his life because dead he is not, but departed; for an artist never dies,” Missi said.
Jacaranda School for Orphans Founder Marie Da Silva also mourned Malamulo, saying he was a well that students at the school tapped from.
“His paintings are at Jacaranda, the grace walls around our school and homes. He told us that his paintings create space for people to express their feelings,” Da Silva said.
Malamulo also contributed a lot in film as he produced documentaries for, among others, National Youth Council in 2015.
According to Missi, Malamulo hailed from Salima District and is survived by a wife, five children and three grandchildren.
He was born on July 16 1958.