Catching up with digital artist Oscar Muyambo

By Rosalia David

OSCAR Muyambo, a prominent local digital artist and graphic designer, is currently having an ongoing solo exhibition at Olivia’s Kitchen in Windhoek, showcasing 12 pieces of which four are new work he created this year.
In an interview with Confidente regarding his pieces, Muyambo explained how his eminent Black and White collection stands out more compared to the others.
“The prominent Black and White collection is currently the style that stands out and features native Namibian women in their traditional, cultural attires, portrayed in a monochrome fashion. There is a subliminal meaning behind the black background concept that tries to reveal that black can be really beautiful and aesthetically pleasing if presented in a better light.”
He added that the other unique piece features a San hunter, symbolising the male provider in his natural landscape and element.
In the background of the image, is an oryx which he said represents the tribe’s source of nourishment.
“If you invert the painting upside down you will see that there is a portrayal of a native homestead with women and children that are relying on the hunter to skillfully deliver their meal. The symbolic meaning behind the piece is to honour the male providers in our tribe/ society and give them the credit and respect that is also due to them … to honour the responsible, loving men that are able to provide consistently for their families,” Muyambo noted.
Asked on what has inspired his works, Muyambo said most of his inspiration comes from the Namibian people, nature and culture.
“From a more social standpoint, I always strive to showcase Namibian creativity at a world class level, which is why I always try to impose techniques that are unique and unusual to the current market and demographic. It is one of my main objectives to show the world that Namibian-based art can be unique, commercial and captivating at the same time, which is what I always have in mind before I come up with new pieces.”
Muyambo further mentioned that, being a Namibian artist, his aim is to always portray Namibian beauty through art as opposed to the stereotype of the common Namibian/ African art that mostly focuses on poverty, sorrow and underprivileged children.
“I want the world to see from an artist’s perspective a more respectful, rich, beautiful and majestic aspect of Namibian people, Namibian culture, Namibian landscapes and Namibian nature,” he added.
What makes his other pieces even more unique is the style and technique.
Muyambo’s paintings are usually done on a white canvas background however, this time, he used a black background to bring out life and character while incorporating white and grey paint.
“It is seemingly simple yet mesmerising to look at. A style that is very uncommon especially to Namibian / African art and that I personally found as a fun challenge through experimentation,” he explained.
With regard to the San piece, Muyambo said he wanted to incorporate the various unique cultural and landscape components all in one painting in a manner and style that was never done before which includes the inverse effect that allows people to flip a painting and discover more details.