Katunga Carimbwe was born in 1958 in Angola. His childhood was spent with his parents in Mavinga, where they made a living hunting and gathering veld food. He was later employed by the Portuguese military for more than a decade and during the 1970's became a tracker for the South African Defence Force.
The work of Katunga's imagination is a healing force in his life. Through his art, he journey's to a place where he feels at home and finds food for his spirit. "I am a farmer in my artwork, like my father was. He also had cattle and goats. He planted food and I saw him do that. This is why I draw, I see these things. My father made everything we needed: containers for honey, bows, arrows. Then I thought when I grow up I will continue this work. The carved chairs and the small wooden animals were the most beautiful things he made. My artwork comes from there."