Born in 1979, Luckmore Joseph is a modest and likable young man. Originally from Malawi, Luckmore’s parents passed away at an early age. He says their death made him realize the fragility of life and the importance of following your heart. He was fond of weaving and sketching as a boy but it wasn’t until 1999, when he was employed by artist Sydney Majengwa as his assistant that he realized that carving was of paramount importance to him.
When Luckmore first starting carving on his own he focused his work on torsos. Later, as he started to gain confidence and begin to pursue his own creations, he turned his attention to less traditional subject matter including street beggars and pregnant women, experimenting with varying styles. Somewhat a philosopher, he says he wants the people of the world to understand there is no difference between the beggar and the rich. Both have equality and the right to live.
Instead of copying his teachers as some artists tend to do, Luckmore has been determined to develop his own style and continues to experiment with different ideas. His work can now be found in galleries and private collections all over the world.
When not working, Luckmore enjoys playing football. He married his wife Faith in 2003.