Paul Banda is a multi-media artist, widely known for his paintings that depict his memories of growing up in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa. Inspired by masters such as Van Gogh, Banda’s acrylic works demonstrate similar pointillism techniques in a contemporary way.
Banda is largely self taught from age seven, drawing on the dirt ground and as an adult studying drawing for a semester at Washington University in Saint Louis under the direction of Leroy Lotttman. During this time he expanded his knowledge in drawing, art history, language, and vocabulary. Banda is constantly taking about education in his paintings by creating these images out of numbers, dots, lines, shapes, songs, and letters etc.
“When a co-worker asked if he could keep my pencil drawing I was just about to put in the trash, I sat for a moment entrenched by the humblest idea that my art can touch someone’s heart. At home, I put that energy into paintings, drawings, and sculptures.”