Artist Profile:

Charles Chambata

Charles Chambata

Nationality: Zambian

The enterprising artist emerged on the Zambian art scene in 1996, working as an amateur painter.His early paintings highlighted life from the sidelines of the city. He depicted everyday life in the ghetto with scenes of anything from children playing to vendors on the street.Most of the scenes depicted life in the sprawling Garden township of Lusaka, the place where he lived and still calls home 20 years on.As a painter, his works could easily be hanged alongside the paintings of the likes of Poto Kabwe, Style Kunda, Peter Maibwe and Willie Chisenga and they cannot be overshadowed.After Charles shifted from painting to sculpture, it was obvious from the onset that he had a liking for the female human anatomy. Most of his subjects are female nudes which he usually depicts with erotic postures.You can find topless circular female models. In fact, he has done one topless sculptor that is rooted in religion.Through a public tender, Charles was commissioned by the Catholic Church to do “The crucifix” which is perched at the altar of their Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka.It was not the end of his public commissions.In 2000, the enterprising artist was invited to participate in the Changchun Sculpture Park in China where he did a two-metre sculpture in white marble. The work remains one of the huge stone sculptures ever done by a Zambian artist outside the country.Charles, who was born in Lusaka in 1978, has participated in many exhibitions both at home and abroad.He is often described as one of best sculptors in the country.


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