Born and raised in Uganda, East Africa, Paul Nzalamba was exposed to art as a young child, watching his mother design and construct baskets, floor mats, and room dividers. He began drawing when he was nine, and by the time he was in high school, he was selling his paintings. Paul graduated with Destinction In Art honors and went on to refine his skills in junior college, learning batik, a waxresist fabric dying technique, from Katongole Wssawa, one of East Africa's most respected batik masters.
While achieving a political science degree with honors at Makarere University in Kampala, he produced and sold his batik paintings. With an exotic and rhythmic use of vibrant color and form, the images he creates express both his cultural heritage and his personal experiences. While his paintings depict scenes from his native Africa, the themes which dominate his work are universally human - family, relationships, celebration, learning. Admirers of Paul's art cut across national and cultural lines: his paintings and prints have found homes in the U.S., Europe, as well as Africa.