Tity Tshilumba’s contribution to the Namibian art scene has been coloured by his passion for everyday life and stories. Typically Tshilumba works with oil paint on canvas. While his work often refers back to various contemporary social issues, his main focus comes back to his keen interest in depicting scenes from the world around him; specifically landscapes, animals, people and everyday objects. In this exhibition Tshilumba has focussed on the daily lives of Namibians drawing from his experiences in both rural and urban areas.
“The people I painted are mostly the people around me, my neighbours and even passersby who interest me. I often take a quick snap shot so that I can use the scene later in my work.”
After 16 years in Namibia Tshilumba‟s style and approach has grown and adapted yet still maintains its distinctive edge. Tshilumba considers himself both a realistic and abstract painter and describes his style as being based in movement. A number of the works on ‘The Daily Life’ were inspired by a desire to increase awareness about the current drought that Namibia is facing.
“Three years ago for an exhibition with Kaleb Haipinge I painted a piece called „Red Alarm‟, a man moving with cattle from dry land to new pastures. It seems to me that since then things have not changed. The drought is a serious concern for animals and humans. People need to take responsibility for every drop of water they use. It is important that as citizens we do not neglect the country in this battle with nature. Water (the white diamond) must be taken seriously.”
Tity Kalala Tshilumba graduated with a distinction in painting from the Institute des Beaux Arts in Lubumbashi/ Congo DR in 1998. He was born in 1976 in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Due to political instability he left the country and in 2000 arrived in Namibia. In 2007 Tshilumba participated in his first group exhibition in Namibia titled; „The Congolese Connection‟ which saw him joining forces with his fellow countrymen.
Tshilumba built a name for himself and in 2010 exhibited for the first time at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. In 2011 he became a member of the organization Visual Artists – Namibia (VA-N). Tshilumba‟s first solo exhibition in Namibia, ‘La Passion de Vivre’ was held at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre in 2014.
Since then Tshilumba has held several solo exhibitions and has been exhibited internationally in Switzerland (2013) and Germany (2016). Several of Tshilumba‟s works now reside in the Government of the Republic of Namibia‟s Collection adorning the walls of various buildings including that of the Auditor General, the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development.
Tshilumba has also participated in Tulipamwe (Tulipamwe is a two-week annual international artist‟s workshop held in Namibia).