Selected Works

Listening Session: Misheck Masamvu & Gabi Ngcobo, Saturday 20 July 2019,
Video

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