Mac Sawaya is a teacher by profession. His main subjects are Biology and Fine Arts. He works and stays in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is a keen observer of shapes of plants and animals including the non-living in the environment. Mac sees the whole environment as complex natural artistic installation. He is one of the lucky few to have learned from Tanzania’s prominent artist, the Late Prof. Sam Ntiro and Prof Elimu Njau and later a stage at the Ecole des Arts et Décoratif de Strasbourg, France.
Mac Sawaya says, the common things and everyday events present in his environment as the sources of his inspiration. Once inspired he searches for looks to change to artistic forms, shapes and colour to create something new.
Sawaya works primarily in oils. A key characteristic of his work is integration of colour, space and forms to convey a strong sense of motion and feelings. However, he expresses feelings’ of a painter without a style so as to allow free vision, technique and fantasy to charge.