Koweno is from Molepolole, Botswana which is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Kalahari”. Molepoloe is located along the route to the world famous desert and the Khutse game reserve. Given its geographical location, the country is rich in historical and cultural heritage that was impacted by British colonialism. The city of Molepolole is a major village of the Bakwena Tribe. The Bakwena people are one of the oldest tribes known to occupy South Africa.
Koweno’s artistry delves into nature and society – specifically, societal issues, and human behavior. Currently, art is the sole source of income for Koweno and his family. Under the constant pressure to sell his works, he finds solace in his works as therapy. It has been the perfect medicine to heal the soul and acts as a pick-me-up when he’s down. Art is not just a hobby, but Koweno has found it to be a way of life.
In his own words: “I communicate various messages about societal issues and nature. I paint to express my views and opinions about different aspects of our society. As an artist I see myself as a reflection of life and all that it entails. I seek to educate and create imagery that’s not only appealing to the eye but introduce people to a world that may be different than their own. It brings me great joy to see collectors who purchase my works to take away with them a representation of my community that’s placed in their homes to beautify their places and spaces.”