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Meet Mid Wilshire Artist: Godfrey Mawema

Today we’d like to introduce you to Godfrey Mawema.

Godfrey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Been studying art since I was little. Studied classical painting and drawing at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art as well as Santa Monica College and workshops with certain artists. While I was studying Architectural Drafting I met, by luck, an agent who was able to sell one of the first large paintings I had done. Ever since then I’ve been working on my art and on my portfolio for certain galleries.

Has it been a smooth road?
Well, it’s never a smooth road. I have to work, like everyone else, so it’s hard for me to produce a large enough portfolio for galleries. And my paintings are of a good size. Galleries like it when you can make a lot of paintings in a decent time. It’ s hard to get your foot in the door, making connections is crucial- and marketing. Recently I decided to just work on my paintings and worry about the rest later.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Just getting enough time to complete the paintings. It helps if I’m able to get into a continuous flow, a pattern of marching through the paintings. But time is often a luxury, especially for large paintings. Also getting my work out there to be seen through the noise of the internet which is now flooded with other artists trying to get recognized. Trying to get a foot in the door of top galleries. That takes time, luck and a strong portfolio.

What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
If I can pay the bills through my work that is all I need. Not trying to be the next Jeff Koons or anything.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
Completing the current portfolio I’m working on so I can finally show galleries. It’s a series of painting icons, comic heroes, legends as ancient/greek statues. Also working on a graphic novel about a supercomputer programmed to eliminate poverty, as well as reduce the power of authoritative thinking such as religion, exploitive working etc.

Contact Info:

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Godfrey Mawema


  1. Chris

    November 22, 2016 at 02:49

    Keep up the awesome work. I really like it. Hope I can purchase one of your piece. If I can afford it!!

  2. Dorcas Matowe

    November 22, 2016 at 08:02

    You are gifted!

  3. Nhamo Mawema

    November 22, 2016 at 21:32

    Fantastic work Godfrey…keep it up bro!!

  4. Ted Whittaker

    February 25, 2017 at 22:28

    Godfrey I haven’t had the honour of meeting you yet,I am so very impressed in your work and I am proud to be your cousin. like you I am also an artist the only difference I never took a class….your work is awsome we must meet

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