Hassan Kalenga, Kuomboka, 2016, Fine Art Textured Paper Print (Pastel Chalk, 32″W x 24″H
Royal crossing of the Lozi people at the height of the annual flooding of the Zambezi River. The Lozi people have lived with the rise and fall of the Zambezi River for centuries, seeing their villages become waterlogged, then gradually submerged. It’s believed they migrated to these flood plains from the Congo basin in the 17th century. Now they must move annually, at the whim of the Zambezi River, and wait for the king’s signal to move to drier land.
Hassan Kalenga (Art of Kalenga) Hassan Kalenga was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1970. Both of his parents are collectors of fine African art and own a number of masks, artworks, and artifacts from the continent. His interest in creating his own art was cultivated during his teenage years and, but didn’t develop until he was much older in life when he opted to become an art student. Now he specializes in creating African art, having developed his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerges through all of his works. He uses his artwork as an aesthetic means of developing cultural literacy, and through these storied artworks, he hopes to reinvigorate the interest in African art across the globe and bring it back to the forefront of artistic consciousness. He uses pastel chalks because it allows him to blend push around color in a way that gives the story movement, emotion, and a voice. He has sold work via an Arthouse-NG auction Nigeria in 2016, and earning 3rd place at the Fifth Annual Global Art League for Emerging Artists in Montreal, Quebec in 2018. He was recently selected as an exhibiting artist for the 2020 Toyko International Art Fair, the 2020 Shanghai International Art Fair, and the 2021 FIABCN | Fira Internacional d’Art de Barcelona.