Misheck Masamvu

  • Born 1980 in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe.
  • Based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Working predominantly as a painter and sculptor, Misheck Masamvu describes his works as “mutants” that oscillate between abstraction and figuration. Masamvu’s practice is a battle against the forced ideology of government and the breakdown of the pursuit of humanity. His works are understood as marks of existence, pointing not only to the realities of his lived experience but also to mental and psychological space, where each layer of paint or brushstroke on the canvas proposes a search to resolve conflicted experiences or decisions.

Recent presentations include Masamvu’s solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery London, titled Talk to me while I’m eating (2021; UK), as well as his participation in Allied with Power at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (USA) and the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (Australia), titled NIRIN, curated by Brook Andrew in 2020. The artist has also represented Zimbabwe at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011; Italy).

  • Still Still, 2012-present
  • Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg, London)