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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

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

Disputed Seats, Influx Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

2006
Relay, Munich, Germany

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

In Context: this past was waiting for me…, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Jeepers, Creepers, Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany

2017
All things being equal, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

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

New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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

blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Working Title, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Leatherette, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012
Dekonstruiert und Geflickt, Gallerie Francoise Heitsch, Munich, Germany

2011
54th Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavillion, Venice, Italy

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

Hidden Stories, Grote Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands

Many Rivers to Cross, Cafe Gallery, London, UK

696, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

2007
Paintings and Sculptures, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2006
Relieving the Trauma, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2005
Gallery Delta for 30 Years, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2004
Legacy, Pasinger Fabrik, Pasing, Munich

New Directions in Zimbabwean Contemporary African Painting, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2003
Decimation, Deprivation and Decapitation, Gallery Delta & HIFA, Harare, Zimbabwe

Artists for Zimbabwe, Gallery 27, London, United Kingdom

2002
Pre-Election Selection, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2001
Colourfields Africa II, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Africa Exhibit, Munich, Germany

2000
Colourfieds Africa, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Colour Africa, Munich, Germany