Peter Mtonga was born in Kitwe, Zambia in 1985. He grew up as the sole artist in the family, although he never studied art at school. He only took it up seriously in 2000. Mtonga learnt his art techniques from other artists, including finger millet mosaics and painting with oil and acrylic. He first sold his art in Solwezi at shopping malls, later participating in trade fairs in Ndola and Lusaka. He attended workshops on Design (2008) and Entrepreneurship (2013) in Ndola and Livingstone respectively. In 2010 he started his own gallery in Livingstone with only a few pieces of finger millet mosaics and paintings by the roadside. Over the years he expanded the gallery and now has a shelter which he shares with other artists. Mtonga loves the stories behind art. Most of his works depict traditional African life in villages and by rivers, showing fishing, animals, sunsets, traditional women and pots. He works mostly from imagination in various media: finger millet mosaics, oil and acrylic paintings, crushed stone mosaics, banana leaf collages, papier-mâché and beadwork. Mtonga hopes one day to open an art school to teach art to the new generations.
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Public Studio/Gallery : Mtonga Art Gallery (Mosi-oa-tunya Road, Livingstone, next to Bushtracks)
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