JOEL MAMBOKA - IN CONVERSATION - THE ARTIST

What made you pursue art?

“There is one proverb that says we are born artists, we don’t become artists. We are born with those skills”

JOEL MAMBOKA
My paintings defend women. I paint different women, showing how we treat different women in society.
… it pushed me to fight for women ….
Those women they are in a weak position. So I was looking to be their defenders. I’ve been looking for which way to transfer that way of thinking, that philosophy. The only one way I can do it is on my canvas, so you will see I paint a lot of different women.”

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In conversation with artist Joel Mamboka

Hi, it’s Caley, one of 4 co – founders over at AYA Africa. I’m wholeheartedly captivated by all art, artists and their place in society as a catalyst for change, particularly at times like this in the world, when change is so obviously needed, and equally, so obviously plausible. The term “artist” can take on a wider definition within society and it needs to, NOW.
Here, at The AYA Edit, we speak to people who have understood and thus continue to harness their God given gifts to CREATE NEW, much like artist, Joel Mamboka. In my mind, heart and soul, we are all artists. As humans, we create the world we live in with every thought, word and deed we ever “possess” and subsequently “offer up” to this cosmic dance.
Onto this week’s featured artist, Joel Mamboka

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My name is Joel Mamboka. I am from Congo, DRC. I studied art(s) in Kinshasa; fine arts. I’m a fine artist, a visual artist. When I was studying I was studying modern arts. So right now I’m in between doing modern arts and contemporary. So I’m calling myself a visual artist because I’m in 2 worlds. 

My dad was an artist. He wasn’t an artist but he went to study art when he was young. So he didn’t finish his arts school. He just went for 2 years. Then he studied other stuff. He ended up being an accountant. But my dad was an artist. 

There is one proverb that says we are born an artist, we don’t become an artist. We are born with those skills. Since I was young I used to draw storyboards, dragon ball z. I like to watch Munga; Munga when I was so young. From that side, my dad saw this thing, he saw the talent. When I reached the age to choose what I need to do in life, my dad proposed me to do fine art. He gave me a choice. He proposed 2 things: do you want to do engineering or to be an artist? So I was choosing to be an artist

JOEL MAMBOKA

Meet Joel Mamboka below in a video interview conducted with AYA co founder, Caley, in the garden. In this clip, we speak:

– artistic journey, challenge as a calling, inspiration and message, painting women and why so

Shop all of Joel’s products at AYA below.

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In this second clip, we speak:

– why ‘mother’ Africa as a label, Greek philosophy, what is an ‘artist’, Picasso’s inspiration from Africa, Joel questions Caley, in depth with painting women and why so

Shop all of Joel’s products at AYA below.

Until next week,

Keep dancing.

In between the tension of the binary extremes.

CALEY x
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