Patrick Mazola, known as Mazola Wa Mwashighadi, was born in Taita-Taveta District in Kenya, on April 9, 1964. He trained as a teacher at Asumbi Teachers’ Training College from 1985-87 and taught from 1987 to 1990. From 1991 to 1994 Mazola attended the Creative Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, attaining a Diploma in Fine Art (drawing and painting).
After being awarded the Commonwealth Art and Craft Fellowship Award 1996/97 for the Africa region by the Commonwealth Foundation, he attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (1997/1998) in Kingston, Jamaica – majoring in free-form sculpture during his fellowship period.
Mazola now lives and works in his adopted home, Kingston, as a multi-disciplinary artist.