Selected Works

Misheck Masamvu
Listening Session: Misheck Masamvu & Gabi Ngcobo, Saturday 20 July 2019,
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Misheck Masamvu
Svista (Ascension), 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 196 x 183 cm
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Still, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 135 cm
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Studded forehead, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 149 x 131 cm
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Sweet Bitterness, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 160 x 136 cm
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Silent Violence, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 136 cm
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Budding, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 112 x 92 cm
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Black Blooms, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 210 x 210 cm
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Knuckle Bones, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 149 x 132 cm
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Erasing, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 149 x 130 cm
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Unaccounted Histories, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 260 x 200 cm
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Memoirs of Childhood, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 230 x 200 cm
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Natural Selection, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 168 x 270 cm
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Presidential Visit, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 158 x 137 cm
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Conflicted, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 136 cm
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Zombie president, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 130 cm
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Gift from John the Baptist, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 136 cm
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The Smell of Drift Wood, 2017
Oil on Canvas
Work: 125 x 155 cm
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Hooks n Dreams, 2017
Oil on canvas
Work: 168 x 197 cm Frame: 180 x 210 x 9 cm
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Charity , 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 114 x 90 x 0 cm
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Heavy Weight Champion, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 170 x 260 x 2.5 cm
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Heavy Weight Champion, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 170 x 260 x 2.5 cm
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Saint Ant, 2016
Oil on canvas
130 x 150 cm
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Allergies, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 157 x 130 x 2.5 cm
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Spiritual Host, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 168.9 x 452.1 cm
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Midnight, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 167.6 x 452.1 cm
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Dead President, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 148.5 x 141.5 x 2 cm
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Glamour n' Protest , 2016
Oil canvas
Work: 136 x 119 cm
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Pinky, 2016
Oil on canvas
72 x 71 cm
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Death Trip, 2016
Oil on Canvas
Work: 168 x 136 cm
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Unfolding, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 96 x 74 cm
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Corked, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 220 cm
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Haina, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 77 x 70 cm
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Maybe, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 100 x 100 cm
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Crosses, 2016
Oil on canvas
86.5 x 83 cm
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Holy Coin, 2016
Oil on canvas
75 x 75 cm
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Life of a cock, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 155 x 139 cm
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Ranked Heads, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 175 x 245 cm
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Diamond Fields, 2016
Oil on canvas
170 x 143
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Lost Angels, 2016
Oil on canvas
Work: 230 x 160 cm
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Selected Seat , 2015
Oil on canvas
Work: 223 x 142 x 2.5 cm
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Hood Poison, 2015
Oil on canvas
Work: 140 x 255 cm
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Taxi, 2015
Oil on canvas
Work: 140 x 129 cm
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Bottoms Up, 2015
Oil on canvas
Work: 159 x 136 cm
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Black Majority, Blood,minerals,land, 2015
200cm x 150cm
Oil on canvas
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Pork Chops, 2015
oil on canvas
Work: 200 x 150 x 5 cm
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Ghost, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 148 x 130 cm
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Smooth, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 206 x 365 cm
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Chains, shouting, hand clapping and laughing, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 103 x 92 cm
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Chains, shouting, hand clapping and laughing, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 103 x 92 cm
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Tickles and Gronies, 2014
Oil on canvas
Work: 206 x 430 cm
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Thigh lock, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 125 x 112 cm
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Orange Thoughts, 2013
Oil on canvas
50cm x 60cm
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unhooked, 2013
Oil on canvas
50cm x 60cm.
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unnecessary chit chat, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 50cm
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Following the President, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 60 x 50 cm
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Jump spread your legs, 2013
Oil on canvas
Work: 188 x 350 cm
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Voodoo Astronaut, 2012
Oil on canvas
Work: 110 x 127 cm
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Accidental Arrogance, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 148 x 131 cm
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All day folding clouds, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 213 x 173 cm
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Silent Conversations, 2018
Oil on canvas
Work: 195 x 170 cm
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Whistling Blossoms, 2018
Oil on Canvas
Work: 160  x 180 cm
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Correct Mistake , 2017
wood, canvas and oil paint
Work: 167 x 54 x 2 cm
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Misheck we miss you love from dead mother and twin sister, 2017
Stained wood carving
Work: 187 x 50 x 2 cm
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Cross Jaw I, 2017
Wood carving
Work: 98 x 45 x 10 cm
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Stone Head, 2017
wood
Work: 211 x 98 x 2 cm

Biography

Part of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free generation’, Misheck Masamvu (b. 1980 in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe) explores and comments on the socio-political setting of post-independence Zimbabwe, and draws attention to the impact of economic policies that sustain political mayhem. Masamvu raises questions and ideas around the state of ‘being’ and the preservation of dignity. His practice encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture.

Misheck Masamvu studied at Atelier Delta and Kunste Akademie in Munich, where he initially specialised in the realist style, and later developed a more avant-garde expressionist mode of representation with dramatic and graphic brushstrokes. His work deliberately uses this expressionist depiction, in conjunction with controversial subject matter, to push his audience to levels of visceral discomfort with the purpose of accurately capturing the plight, political turmoil and concerns of his Zimbabwean subjects and their experiences. His works serve as a reminder that the artist is constantly socially-engaged and is tasked with being a voice to give shape and form to a humane sociological topography. Masamvu will be taking part in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in 2020.

Masamvu’s work has been well-received and exhibited in numerous shows including Armory Show 2018, Art Basel 2018, Basel Miami Beach 2017, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2016, São Paulo Biennale 2016, and the Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavillion 2011.

Channel

A listening session and conversation between Misheck Masamvu and curator Gabi Ngcobo on the occasion of the opening of ‘Hata’, Masmvu’s third solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape Town