Restone Maambo

b.1980
Restone Maambo

Biography

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. 

Experimental Zambian painter, Restone Maambo, navigates his ancestry and experiences with ‘Kusololwa Amumuni’ (the call from the ancestors to become a sangoma). Traditonal healers are considered to be the safeguards of tradition and culture, a duty that Maambo embraces. Acrylic paint and varnish layering reflects spiritual meditative states as they are laid upon a life-sized medium to better connect the viewer to his art. 

Restone Maambo embraces the unknown and the process of attempting to discover it. This experimental painter from Zambia uses acrylics and varnish layering to create a lucid, reflective interpretation of spiritual meditative states, often selecting life-size mediums in order to maximise the viewer’s connection to the art. Maambo understands connection better than most – his work explores his ancestry and experiences with regards to traditional healing and pays homage to the process of awakening, known as ‘Kusololwa Amumuni’, a difficult but integral transition for those called to become a sangoma. His works are laden with layers of impasto paint and more recently, collage and mixed media, furthering his reputation as an experimental artist. The compositions often mirror his respect and appreciation of femininity and womanhood as well as the Divine and the Old Testament. He blends these esoteric symbols with subject matter from daily life and tradition, creating an inimitable artistic interpretation of life and what lies beyond it.

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