At only 20 years old, Blantyre-based artist Clement Kammwamba has made progress in digital painting, which has earned him praise on social media.
Surprisingly, Kammwamba has never gone to any school of art to learn digital painting although he has had art sessions outside the country through scholarships he has attained.
Kammwamba, who is also a dancer, said Thursday he wants to explore more as far as digital painting is concerned.
“I started this trade two weeks ago but the support I have received through the paintings I have been posting on social media is overwhelming. I have never had classes in digital painting or watched any videos but a friend just took me through the process of layers in Photoshop,” he said.
He said the steps he has made in art has developed a niche in him to learn more as regards art.
“I just love art and lately I have been making commissioned paintings and selling some of my art which was not the case in the past years. I find art as something that really matters to me,” Kammwamba said.
Due to her mothers’ financial problems, Kammwamba and his brothers went to Jacaranda School for Orphans in Chigumula, Blantyre.
“The school is close to our village and it is at Jacaranda School for Orphans that I was introduced to art and dance. I was actually seven years old when I started doing art. Through art, I am able to express how I feel, inspire and teach the world,” he said.
He described his years at Jacaranda School for Orphans as his best.
“I am thankful to the founder Marie Da Silva, who always encouraged me and believed in what I did,” Kammwamba said.
It is because of art that Kammwamba in 2016 had an opportunity of travelling to Shanghai and Beijing in China and Los Angeles as well as New York in United States of America to exhibit his art.
“In 2017, I won a scholarship to attend a one month summer arts programme at Otis College of Arts and Design where I studied fashion design and intermediate drawing,” he said.
In 2020, Kammwamba also won another scholarship to study at Watson Institute in USA.
“This was a four month programme where I studied social entrepreneurship and after I graduated in May, I could not come back due to Covid and during this time I was doing commissioned work until the return in August,” Kammwamba said.
He said he has graduated from doing animal paintings to paintings with meanings.