Joseph Mushipi

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Joseph was born in the Copperbelt province of Luanshya, Zambia.  Today he currently resides in an area known for having one of the last absolute diarchies in the world — The Kingdom of Eswatini formally known as Swaziland.  Home to the Swazi people, it is a majestic place known for its peaceful and beautiful landscapes. Joseph gracefully leverages his native land as a backdrop, along with spirituality, folktales, and dreams as a way communicate visually.

Joseph’s inspiration can be interpreted through the things he internalizes.  Much of which comes from the world around him. One form of inspiration comes from the satisfaction he receives volunteering with the US Peace Corps. Working within the rural communities and helping locals to realize their untapped talents, helps to elevate his creative process.  In environments where he is sought after to be the teacher, he becomes the student through the experiences he encompasses while volunteering.

In his own words: “I don’t rely on one technique or style of visual art. I prefer to diversify my artwork with mosaics, sculpting, as well as custom molds.  I try to share the stories and the magic that unfolds in typical African environments. My art means everything to me — along with my spirituality and my family, it is my life. I am blessed to be able to work as an artist every day, which is very rare in Africa.”



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