Selected Works

Misheck Masamvu

Warmth on Empty Bodies, 2019 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Combed Grass, 2019 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Budding Spirits, 2019 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Pink Gorillas in Hell are Gods, 2019 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Holding the Line, 2018 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Silent Conversations, 2018 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Trophies and Sycophants, 2019 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Black Blooms, 2018 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Chewed Memory, 2018 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

All day folding clouds, 2018 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Cat's Cradle , 2019 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Unaccounted Histories, 2018 Oil on Canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Spiritual Host, 2016 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Midnight, 2016 Oil on canvas

Misheck Masamvu

Gatekeepers, 2016 Oil on canvas

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.

Exhibitions

I've grown roses in this gard...

03 October - 30 October 2019

Misheck Masamvu / Hata / 2019

20 July - 12 October 2019

In Context / this past was wa...

30 August - 29 September 2018

Narrative Means / 2018

02 June - 14 July 2018

News

Misheck Masamvu || Biennale o...

Posted 13 March 2020

Misheck Masamvu’s 'Taxi' incl...

Posted 03 August 2018

Misheck Masamvu’s book on exh...

Posted 29 April 2018

Misheck Masamvu on sustainabl...

Posted 10 February 2018

Press

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