Restone Maambo, an experimental painter from Zambia in his recent body of works, explores his ancestry and experiences with regards to traditional healing and in particular plays homage to the process of awakening, known as ‘Kusololwa Amumuni’, a difficult but integral transition for those called to practice.
Traditional Healers, commonly known as the ‘Sangoma’ fulfill varied roles across communities in Southern Africa and beyond its borders. These roles can encompass healing and divination both physical and spiritual. Sangoma’s direct rituals surrounding birth and death among others such as providing protection and are often considered as narrators of tradition and culture and are respected as such.
Maambo reflects a profound respect for the female traditional healer, reflecting her as a Matriarchal subject active in contemporary urban culture and ultimately as a carrier of vital tradition and value.
Maambo’s usage of acrylic paint and varnish layering is lucid and reflective of spiritual meditative states, his works exalt his subject matter which is produced on a life-sized scale to better establish a strong relationship between the viewer and his chosen subjects. Techniques incorporated include traditional painting methodologies alongside new experimental materials such as plaster and cement applications- interactive antidotes which result in playful and experimental mark making on the Artists surface allowing for further investigation.
His works are laden with layers of impasto paint and more recently, collage and mixed media. The compositions often mirror his respect and appreciation of the Feminine and the Divine, utilizing symbols and subject matter from everyday circumstance, the Old Testament and tradition carried from generations.
Maambo’s latest solo body of work ’Kusololwa Amumuni: To Be Led To Light’ challenges the audience to negotiate one’s own association and connectivity to their ancestry, traditions, spirituality and the unlimited potential of the Divine.
Restone Maambo’s paintings are reminiscent of his upbringing and his surrounding communities in both Zambia and South Africa. Maambo’s works are laden with layers of colour and more recently, collage and mixed media. The inclusion of collage is integral to the artist’s processing as it depict and infinite awareness of his environments and his immediate surroundings, often mirroring respect and appreciation of the feminine and the divine, utilizing symbols and subject matter from The Old Testament.
Restone’s usage of acrylic paint and varnish layering is lucid and reflective of a spiritual meditative state and his works exalt his subject matter which is produced on a life-sized scale to better establish a relationship between the viewer and his chosen subjects. Maambo’s practice incorporates traditional painting methodologies alongside new experimental materials such as plaster and cement interactive antidotes which result in playful and experimental mark making on the surface.
Restone Maambo was born in Zambia, in 1980. His aspirations to be a working artist led him to move to Cape Town to study further and he was awarded numerous prizes as he studied at Ruth Prowse.
He graduated in 2008 and has since pursued his career, exhibiting at The Melrose Gallery, Eclectica Contemporary; Gallery One11 and providing works towards Yellowoods Art Collection.