Restone Maambo ( Zambia / South Africa)
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 Eclectica Contemporary; Gallery One11 and providing works towards Yellowoods Art Collection.