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Original African Artwork
To see any of Mbatia's sold pieces, please go his African Art Paintings Store Page
To learn more, read the
Extra Biography Page on Steve Mbatia.
Watch below for STEVE MBATIA's VIDEO INTERVIEW with True African Art.com
Steve Mbatia with True African Art .com Staff Member, Edwin Omondi
About Steve Mbatia's Collage Style
The original African paintings we acquired from African artist Steve Mbatia for True African Art.com were made very intricately with photos and colors from magazines, to create a final product of African scene collages that you see here.
For example, "Busy Market" (a portion of its closer image shown here) has almost hundreds of details amongst the activity of the whole painting, made explicitly from scraps of magazines.
And then Mbatia switches to "Watching Maasai." This painting has a more simple theme with a variation of colors. The magazine clippings that make up "Watching Maasai" accentuate the shadows and light inside the scene.
To make these paintings, Steve first makes a sketch with a pen or pencil on a board of what he wants the final product to look like. Then he tears colors or subjects out of magazines with his fingers, puts it all together to make the African art you see here and uses a furnish to make the pieces stick and shine, as well as to protect the work of art.
The beauty of these paintings is that they are not messy with glue between the clippings, but on the contrary, are glossed over with a shine from a technique Mbatia shares in his video above.
To learn more about this artist, read the extra biography page on Steve Mbatia.