Born in Zimbabwe and now resides in Plettenburg Bay, South Africa
William, a true son of Southern Africa, has traversed the picturesque countries of the region, finally settling along the verdant garden route of South Africa. Born in Zimbabwe to Malawian parents, he spent his formative years in Zimbabwe and Botswana before returning to Malawi after the passing of his father.
William demonstrated an inclination for the arts from an early age, as his teachers constantly called upon him to create maps and diagrams with a pencil. It wasn't until he stumbled upon a curio market in Malawi that he realized the potential of his talent. He approached a trader and presented a sketch, which was met with instant amazement, leading to an apprenticeship under one of Malawi's most respected artists, Nyangu Chodola.
Through Chodola's mentorship, William was exposed to different mediums and techniques, as well as the business side of the art world. He was also introduced to organizations and galleries, which helped him establish a name for himself in the Malawian art scene.
In 2015, Mwale held his first solo exhibition at La Galleria in Lilongwe, Malawi, where 25 of his paintings sold out on the opening night. From 2014 to 2017, he exhibited at the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Arts Festival, winning the award for best portrait artist in Malawi in 2017. In 2018, he received the La Galleria award for best portrait artist in Malawi.
With the desire to challenge himself in a larger market, William moved to South Africa, where he discovered new materials, such as palette knives, further developing his style. He draws inspiration from painting faces, both human and animal, as he seeks to capture emotion, character, and happiness in his pieces.
William loves learning, constantly seeking new techniques and mediums, and drawing inspiration from other artists. He hopes to inspire future generations and leave a lasting legacy through his artwork. Despite his achievements, he humbly acknowledges that success is an ever-evolving concept, and only history can determine its true measure.
"Art is essential to my life. I'm grateful to create what I love in a peaceful and nature-filled environment."
The art of Zimbabwe encompasses a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, painting, pottery, textiles, and beadwork. Many Zimbabwean artists draw inspiration from their country's natural landscape and wildlife and traditional spiritual beliefs and customs. Their art tells stories, convey cultural values, and expresses political and social commentary.