Misheck Masamvu


Misheck Masamvu, 'Seal', detail (2012), oil on canvas, 200 cm x 165 cm. Courtesy: the Artist.
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Misheck Masamvu was born 1980 in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe. He studied art with Helen Lieros at Gallery Delta in Harare and at the Kunstakademie in Munich. His practice ranges from paintings, drawings and sculpture. He has participated in a number of exhibitions including the 54th Venice biennale where he represented Zimbabwe, the São Tomé e Príncipe biennale and the Dakar biennale. Masamvu questions the continent’s current trajectory by dramatically exposing psychosocial and political realities. Recent work by Masamvu seeks to raise a conscious state of ‘being’ in relation to humanitarian acts not prescribed from a charter but from a pursuit of acts that retain dignity.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Still, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015

Misheck Masamvu, Institut Franchaise, Paris, France

2014

Life Sentence, blank projects, Cape Town

2012

Epitaph, blank projects, Cape Town

2009

Shame, Gallery Delta, Harare

Disputed Seats, Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon

2006

Relay, Munich

Colour of Sweat, Bonn

2003

A Naked Mind II, Gallery Delta, Harare

2002

A Naked Mind I, National Gallery, Bulawayo

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015

Triangle, with Tayseer Barakat and Ismail Al Rifai, curated by Mohamed Abou Elnaga, The Mojo Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2014

next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2013

Afropolicity, Njelele Art Station, Harare

Working Title, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Leatherette, Gallery 23, Amsterdam

2012

Dekonstruiert und Geflickt, Gallerie Francoise Heitsch, Munich

2011

54th Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavillion

São Tomé Biennale

2010

Africa 2.0 > is there a Contemporary African art? – Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon

2008

Art Migration and Identity, Africa Museum, CBK, Arnhem

Many Rivers to Cross, Cafe Gallery, London

Let’s Get Together, Gallery Delta, Harare

Hidden Stories, Haarlem

The Post Election Selection, Gallery Delta, Harare

696, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

2007

Paintings and Sculptures, Gallery Delta, Harare

2006

Relieving the Trauma, Gallery Delta, Harare

Dak’art Biennale, Dakar

The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

2005

Gallery Delta 30 years, Gallery Delta, Harare

2004

Legacy, Pasinger Fabrik, Pasing, Munich

New Directions in Zimbabwean Contemporary African Painting, Gallery Delta, Harare

2003

Decimation, Deprivation and Decapitation, Gallery Delta & HIFA, Harare

Artists for Zimbabwe, Gallery 27, London

2002

Pre- Election Selection, Gallery Delta

2001

Colourfields Africa II, Gallery Delta, Harare

Africa Exhibit, Munich

2000

Colourfieds Africa, Gallery Delta, Harare

Colour Africa, Munich

See ‘Misheck Masamvu – Fractions‘ featured in our C& Art Space.

Read the interview with Misheck Masamvu.