Sunga Mwila

Born in Kitwe Zambia in 1991, Sunga Mwila is a mixed media artist, mentor, and teacher living and working in Livingstone Zambia.

She began her journey as an artist in 2008 in Lusaka Zambia recycling used plastic bags into beautiful handbags. In 2009, Sunga obtained a Certificate in Video Production from Zambia Institute of Mass Communication and went on to obtain a Diploma in Art Teaching at Evelyn Hone College in 2017. Upon graduating, she moved to Livingstone where she worked for three years as an apprentice at Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery. Her time there was particularly enlightening for it provided her with the opportunity to work part-time exploring her creative side.

Her first group exhibition was in 2008 at the River Gallery in Livingstone, and she has since exhibited consistently for the past thirteen years in many group exhibitions across the country. She had done a week residence with Studio 225 in 2019, followed by a short course in ceramics at Mzilikazi Art Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her education in art continues by attending workshops around the country. She has also worked in various companies and featured in both print and visual media.

Her body of work reflects the many influences she had had growing up including the Bemba rite of passage ceremony, mbusa. The result is a line of functional and decorative artworks. Making art is a constant source of joy and amusement for her. Every day in the studio makes her grateful for the people who have helped shape her dream and for the good fortune to have discovered something she is passionate about. 

Her Works