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Misheck Masamvu





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.
Masamvu will be taking part in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney in 2020.

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

Read the interview with Misheck Masamvu.


Solo Exhibitions
2019 Hata, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Still / Still, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Still, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Misheck Masamvu, Institut Franchaise, Paris, France
2014 Life Sentence, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Epitaph, blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 Shame, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2009 Disputed Seats, Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2006 Relay, Munich, Germany
2006 Colour of Sweat, Bonn, Germany
2003 A Naked Mind II, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2002 A Naked Mind I, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


Group Exhibitions

2020 Upcoming 22nd Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia

2018 Five Bhobh Painting at the End of an Era, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
2018 In Context: this past was waiting for me…, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2018 Jeepers, Creepers, Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany
2017 All things being equal, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 When Heaven Meets the Earth, Heong Gallery, Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
2016 Incerteza Viva (Live Uncertainty), 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2016 New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 In Context: Where We Are, 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, South Africa
2013 Afropolicity, Njelele Art Station, Harare, Zimbabwe
2013 blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 Working Title, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 Leatherette, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Dekonstruiert und Geflickt, Gallerie Francoise Heitsch, Munich, Germany
2011 54th Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavillion, Venice, Italy
2011 São Tomé Biennale, São Tomé and Principe
2010 Africa 2.0 > is there a Contemporary African art? – Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Art, Migration and Identity, Africa Museum, CBK, Arnhem, Netherlands
2008 Hidden Stories, Grote Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands
2008 Many Rivers to Cross, Cafe Gallery, London, UK
2008 696, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
2007 Paintings and Sculptures, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2006 Relieving the Trauma, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2006 Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2006 The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2005 Gallery Delta for 30 Years, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2004 Legacy, Pasinger Fabrik, Pasing, Munich
2004 New Directions in Zimbabwean Contemporary African Painting, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2003 Decimation, Deprivation and Decapitation, Gallery Delta & HIFA, Harare, Zimbabwe
2003 Artists for Zimbabwe, Gallery 27, London, United Kingdom
2002 Pre-Election Selection, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2001 Colourfields Africa II, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2001 Africa Exhibit, Munich, Germany
2000 Colourfieds Africa, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2000 Colour Africa, Munich, Germany