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(1936 – 2011), Mozambique

Malangatana Ngwenya Biography

Malangatana Ngwenya was one of the few African artists to gain substantial worldwide recognition while still staying in Africa. He possessed an international profile that was enhanced by an expansive personality. He had cosmopolitan taste with a vast and wide knowledge of global art. He was a born performer who composed music, sang songs in five languages and periodically broke into spontaneous dancing.

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He was a founding member of the Mozambique Peace Movement and served as a representative to parliament from 1990 to 1994. He was instrumental in establishing the National Museum of Art of Mozambique in Maputo, the capital, and undertook several large public mural projects. He established cultural programs in his home village, and taught art to children in his home. Malangatana 's works have always projected a bold vision of life where there is a communion between human, animal and plant life. He draws on his indigenous heritage whilst simultaneously embracing symbols of modernity and "progress", synthesis of art and politics. Recognition of his stature is implicit in the statement made by UNESCO's Director-General Federico Mayor when he presented the UNESCO award for UNESCO Artist for peace in 1997.

Text courtesy Momaa, Amsterdam.

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Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 1992 Ink on paper
61 x 45.5 cm
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Ritual at the Sacred Tree by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Malangatana Ngwenya Ritual at the Sacred Tree, 2003 Ink and watercolour on paper
40.5 x 33 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 1989 Ink on paper
68 x 50 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 1972 Ink on paper
64 x 48 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 2002 Oil on canvas
91 x 70 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 2006 Oil on canvas
97 x 65 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 1993 Oil on canvas
182 x 137 cm
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Untitled by Malangatana Ngwenya contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Malangatana Ngwenya Untitled, 2004 Ink on paper
56 x 39 cm
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