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Misheck Masamvu

Selected Artworks

Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 130 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 130 x 5 cm
Oil on canvas
Work: 165 x 145 x 5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 200 x 176 cm
Oil on canvas
Stretched: 161.5 x 141 x 5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Image: 150 x 130 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 140 x 120 x 2.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 145 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 238 x 285.3 x 7.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 238 x 285 x 7.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 150 x 130 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 113 x 97.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 174 x 235 cm
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Oil on canvas
Work: 160 x 135 cm
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About

Misheck Masamvu image

Misheck Masamvu (b. 1980, 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.

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. In 2020, Masamvu took part in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney.

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.

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Exhibitions

Basel Artfair
13 June - 16 June 2024
New York Gallery
01 November - 06 January 2024

Films

Press & News

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Episode 25 meets artist Misheck Masamvu who considers Zimbabwe’s post-independence character through painting, drawing and sculpture. Sensitive to the country’s economic and political turmoil, he u...

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Encompassing painting, drawing, writing and sculpture, Mishek Masamvu’s practice attempts to articulate and examine the domestic and social impact of political post-independence. Although informed ...