Born in St. Louis Missouri, Carol Thompson-Robinson knew from age 5 that art was in her blood and that creativity and inspiring through art was her calling. Carol is an all around artistic person, she has worked in every artistic medium including dance, vocal and instrumental music, writing, theater, and of course, visual art in which she currently holds a BFA. MwazaCarol is currently the top selling visual artist of original artwork at UrbArts.
Carol attended Fisk University where she was privileged to study under such great artists as Earl J. Hooks and LeFran Fort. From them, her interest in traditional African art and culturally thematic art was fostered, including learning such things as the Aaron Douglas technique.
MwazaCarol, (Mwaza – meaning Creative, Thoughtful, Imaginative person) is a Kiswahili word and the tag that she uses to sign her art and the inspiration and reminder of how to live life and create art. Carol, a consummate artisan of performing arts in Brazilian, Caribbean and traditional African and interpretive dance styles, was a principal dancer with “AFI AMA/Wafafanisha Wachanaga”, an African dance group that performed across Missouri and Illinois for 15 years. She was honored to be a lead singer on the groups first CD entitled “Kwanzaa Ceremonial Music.” She has also performed with such groups as NIM (Ngoma In Motion), Sudan Illustrators and Katherine Dunham Dance Ensemble.
Carol also has partnered with other groups and organizations such as Good Journey Development Foundation, The African Arts Festival, and numerous schools in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, to provide guidance for youth and young adults through the use of art.