Kas Mdoka artistically known as Kas is from the city of Blantyre located in Malawi. A city that holds a decree as being the oldest urban area in Southern Africa also has ancestral roots that reach all the way back to Scotland. As a whole, Malawi is also known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” because of the kind nature of the people here. A country that’s nestled between Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Lake Malawi — which practically runs nearly the entire length of the country; it’s truly a diverse place filed with attractions. Historically recognized for the major role the country played during the slave trade, today the country is home to many heritage sites, pristine beaches, and the best diving and snorkeling in the world.
Influenced by the philosophy of existentialism, Kas finds meaning in the life that surrounds him. As a result, his art takes form because of it. The self-taught figurative artist looks to illustrate scenes from everyday African life that resonates with all cultures. His works provide a since of pride and purpose as they capture and convey the essence of moments that typically don’t last long or savored in our busy lives.
In his own words: “I am an observer first! I think it’s my responsibility to produce what’s observed in the rawest state possible. Regardless if the work is to be purchased or free, whether it is informative or for aesthetic purposes – it is my role to convey an artistic vision that merges the relationship we share as individuals with the planet and the relationship we share with each other. My hope is that I can be a reflection of clarity in a world of confusion.”