Masauso Chiumya was born in Zambia, Southern Africa. He attended primary school in Lusaka with a keen interest in art, soccer and religion.
In 1993, Masauso was chosen to participate in the World Scholar Athlete games in Rhode Island. His talent for art resulted in recognition for a 1993 Meridian BIAO art scholarship at Intercollege in Larnaca, Cyprus, where he had a rare opportunity to study the great Greek masters and poets. Placed on the Dean’s Honors list there, Masauso was also the most valuable soccer player and played semi-professional in the Kitty soccer club.
Whilst attending college Masauso further had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the Middle East. His passion for travelling was inspired by his love of nature and his father’s admonition to live with people from diverse places with divergent points of views. This helps to understand and appreciate other human beings and their culture. As a result he speaks six different languages including English, Greek, Ingoni, Bemba, Nsenga and Tumbuka.
After graduating with his associate of arts in 1995, Masauso was awarded the June White Scholarship to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia, USA. Masauso’s hard work at SCAD further earned him a presidential scholarship and the soccer coaches’ award. During these college years he worked at Telfair Museum of Art and Savannah Cultural Affairs teaching art and soccer to underprivileged youths. These youth summer camps taught him the value of teamwork and leadership simultaneously.
In 2003, Masauso graduated from SCAD with a double major in motion graphics and graphic design. His idealistic approach to fuse fine art, photography, film and computer graphics has earned him recognition as a revolutionary artist. He is currently an art director for Spirit Awakening Foundation.
His vast array of clients include the Pan African Arts and Film Festivals, Stephani Victor (world paralympic skiing champion), Akuyoe Graham (actor, writer, producer), Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah Cultural Affairs, and Thompson Design in Cyprus. His range of work includes logo designs, magazines and book designs, corporate id’s, brochures, promotional materials, advertising, photography, film editing, web sites, paintings and murals.
Apart from private collections, Masauso’s artwork has been exhibited at the Savannah International Airport, Intercollege in Cyprus and visual arts council in Zambia. He believes all forms of art are related, whether graphics, photography, film or fine arts. He has committed himself to using every available means of artistic expression to complete a project from an idea to a finished product. Other clients include Knight Photographic Inc, World Water Day sponsored by Starbucks, Wal-Mart in Savannah and NOGA Soccer Association in Long Island, New York.
Masauso believes in the power of imagination and originality as powerful tools for design, and that an artist should be flexible to adapt to modern forms of expressions to communicate. Computers, film, photography and fine arts are some of these ways. “Life is art and an artist is a medium,” he believes.
He has been the grateful recipient of numerous awards in art including the African Ambassadors Award, the silver medal and certificate of distinction from Japan, and the Diploma award from the International Art Exhibition for Children and Young People in Finland.
He gives thanks to God and his upbringing for giving him a strong spiritual base from which he expresses deep appreciation for his talents and the opportunity to express those gifts