Best known for his dramatic paintings, Malangatana Ngwenya is an internationally recognized Mozambican artist who has produced a broad range of work in diverse mediums—from drawings, murals, ceramics and sculpture, to poetry and music. Born in Matalana, Mozambique, in 1936 Malangatana’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Angola, Cuba, Portugal, India, Nigeria, Chile, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, Belgium, India and Pakistan.
Malangatana’s works are frequently commentaries on the historical and political events in his country, including Portuguese colonialism and Mozambique’s anti-colonial struggle, civil war and independence. His works explore broad universal themes of violence and resistance to violence, capturing both the hardship of human life and its heroic aspects.
Malangatana passed away earlier this year on January, 5th 2011.