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Visual artist Myck Mtika brings Kabaza artistry

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Visual artist and proprietor of Kaliso Art Gallery in Lilongwe, Evelyn Chisambiro, has heaped praise on fellow creative Myck Mtika, describing him as unique.

Mtika, a Mzuzu-based visual artist, last weekend launched an exhibition titled Kabaza Story of a Malawian, which runs until October 14 2022.

“To be honest, Myck is unique. I haven’t seen his type of works here before. His pieces are creative and just amazing. His way of putting together stories leaves the audience in awe,” Chisambiro said.

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She added: “What I like most about Myck’s work is that he goes beyond just creating art but is conceptual and you can tell a lot of thought and time went into his work and this is evident by the end of product,” she said.

Chisambiro, who has been involved in live painting and has exhibited his works in different platforms, welcomed Myck’s exhibition, saying people need to embrace it.

“To have an artist conceptualise in steel sculpture, photography and painting is a unique skill. Another very interesting thing about this exhibition is that, despite there being sculpture, paintings and photography, there is still consistency in Myck’s touch and theme,” she said.

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Myck said he was happy to give people a special exhibition that comes barely two weeks after Blantyre-based batik visual artist Ellis Singano also launched his exhibition, titled Fearless Woman, at Jacaranda Cultural Centre,” he said.

So, there are 12 pieces on exhibition and they include Kabazafly, which is a piece made of purely kabaza parts with a touch of artistry.

“There is also a Rolling nation, which is a piece which represents the nation, and depends on which direction you spin it.

The other pieces include the red bike and bike people, a painting that represents faces that ride the kabaza on a daily basis.

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