Albert Monyayi discovered that art is a universal language, a form of expression flowing from the spirit world, through the artist and to the people. He translates his spirituality into objects that all can understand.
Art and healing comes from our ancestors
He came to realize that art is a universal language, a form of expression flowing from the spirit world, through the artist and to the people in much the same way as healing powers are communicated from the ancestors through the traditional healer in African custom. The artist is thus a hidden treasure, the spiritual eye, a receiver of visions and energy to be translated into objects that all can understand. Monyayi says this is why God had placed him on Earth. “Mine is a spiritual inspiration, I’ve always known that”, he says, “I’m a piece of God”. (In interview with Pat Hopkins).
Spiritual significance of water
Pile mountains lets the spirit free
Wood sculptor and traditional healer Albert Monyayi believes when God created the universe he was making art. In that broad spectrum he gave each plant a rustle, insects a sound, animals a call, every bird a song and people different colours, shapes and languages. He lives in the area of Tengwe, Venda, overlooking the Pile Mountains, a tall, majestic structure of natural architecture that lets the spirit free.