Memento Mori: Musonda Kabwe illustrates human mortality in new collection

Zambian-born illustrator Musonda Kabwe or Muso credits his desire to break into digital art to the hit anime series Dragon Ball Z. Musonda’s recent collection of prints, Memento Mori, is inspired by the Latin phrase meaning, “remember that one day you must die”, and according to Musonda, the series looks at how human mortality can be used as a tool for motivation.

Musonda, who studied graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, says he started drawing in grade one and that he was the envy of classmates because of his ability to perfectly draw Dragon Ball Z hero Goku.

Inspired by artists like James Jean, who specialises in traditional drawing, and Shepard Fairey — who is also the creator of the famous Barack Obama “Yes we can” election poster — Musonda’s style is a mix of traditional and digital techniques.

Check out bits of the Memento Mori body of work, which recently exhibited at Gathere Gallery in Kramerville.

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