About our Wildlife Art

wildlife painting of zebras

Maverick Art of Africa Wildlife Art

Maverick Art of Africa is an online gallery hosting the paintings of the immensely talented African wildlife artist, Ramsey Mapunde. Painting in oils and acrylic Ramsey’s wildlife paintings have exceptional detail and quality. With each brush stroke he gives life to the beautiful wildlife of Africa. Ramsey specializes in the wildlife paintings of the big cats but also paints the most stunning Zebra and Elephant paintings as well as other wildlife.

Ramsey describes himself as follows:

“I am just an ordinary artist who loves to paint wildlife. I was born in 1969 on June the 28th. My Dad, MrMapunde, only managed to call me Ramsey and that was it, I never stayed together with him and my mum for even one day…

I started having the urge to draw right when I was in the first grade (about four years of age) as far as I can recall. I started drawing in sand furiously which spilled over into my exercise books. It became so bad that the exercise books were filled with my drawings till my foster parents started beating me for that. As a kid I did not understand all this, the drawing and the beating.

I would say my drawing or art skill (if I am allowed to call it skill) is an inborn thing. My education only polished the rough edges I had and I am still learning and improving on it.

I took art as a subject for 6 six years at the Kamuzu Academy High School, the Eton College of Malawi, my native land. While I was there, a teacher introduced me to the works of David Shepherd. She asked me to reproduce some of the artworks of the great David Shepherd and to my surprise she commented that my reproductions are better than the original works!! That certainly gave me a boost to my art morale. David Shepherd has been one of my favorite and inspirational wildlife artists.”

Ramsey on Wildlife :

“I paint wildlife mostly as I am fascinated by the many diversities of the animals from huge to the really minute, from furry to bare-skinned, from predators to the really docile ones… I am identified with some of the wildlife, the innocence of it all. Sometimes it is better to live with animals than humans I might say.

I do also paint people’s portraiture and even domestic animals. I had the privilege of painting the First Lady of Malawi, Wife to the present ruling President of Malawi his Excellence Peter Wa Mutharika.

Ramsey on his art and techniques:

“I prepare mostly all my canvases from start to finish. I make my own stretchers, dress the canvas on and apply the undercoat, the acrylic base. So every order starts from the wood to the finished product. I do not let someone do it for me as they always make a mess and ruin my motivation. A good start makes the art process enjoyable and determine a successful and satisfied finish. Listening to music in the background accentuates ambience in the room shutting off the outside world and its cacophonous din, thereby creating a Ramsey Art World of my own. I usually work during the night when all the noisy culprits have gone to sleep. I am quiet and taciturn by nature. Country beat rules in my world.

Ramsey’s Paints:

I work in oils and acrylic media. Sometimes I work with both media in one painting. When I use oil colors I use turpentine to mix the different colors easily. My palette menu mostly consists of the basic colors like yellow, Prussian blue, vermilion, lampblack, titanium white, and Cadmium orange. All other colors I get from these basic colors although I do have all the other primary colors.

Ramsey’s Brushes:

My brushes ranges from the Round Van Bleiswijck to the flat and soft Dynasty, even to the Prime Art Gold.When it comes to brushes and their sizes, I use different kinds, but I like using three to four sizes. For the fur I use a triple zero brush rounded; a flat zero and size 12 flat brush for the background. That is all I need. I could even throw in a size four flat just for kicks, however those three are the basic brushes I use.

I like the wet on wet art technique as opposed to the wet on dry one. The colors permeate easily into one another, giving it a nice smooth finish.In other words the colors do not just end abruptly. I do not leave a painting to dry then work on it more, as the longer a painting takes to finish the more I lose interest to finish it and get frustrated. To remove the stress when this situation occurs sometimes I paint something else other than the commission.

I like to strike while the iron is still hot. When inspiration hits I take advantage of it and continue to enjoy myself painting. So, you guessed it, I do not work on two or more paintings at the same time as other artists do. I am a one woman man as it were.”

Ramsey’s art has been hosted in Galleries in South Africa and Hawaii and can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.

Querencia Foundation

Maverick Art of Africa has partnered with Querencia Foundation, a local community initiative set in Mutungo, Uganda which is focused on empowerment for women and girls.

A fixed percentage of every piece of art sold goes directly to the foundation in support of various initiatives which supports and uplifts members of this community.

Querencia Foundation

Querencia Foundation

Maverick Art of Africa has partnered with Querencia Foundation, a local community initiative set in Mutungo, Uganda which is focused on empowerment for women and girls.

A fixed percentage of every piece of art sold goes directly to the foundation in support of various initiatives which supports and uplifts members of this community.

Querencia Foundation

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