Misheck Masamvu

Part of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free generation’, Misheck Masamvu (b. 1989 in Penhalonga, Zimbabwe) is an artist whose body of work is not solely limited to one medium. Although Masamvu has lately focused on painting, his oeuvre also encompasses a multiplicity of artistic mediums including drawing and sculpture. His works seek to explore socially-driven and socially-conscious themes, with the intention of using his art to address issues and find possible solutions that will strengthen and voice the African legacy to future generations. His more recent series seek to raise questions and ideas around the state of ‘being’ in relation to humanitarian acts, not prescribed by a charter, but rather a pursuit of acts that retain dignity. Having studied at Atelier Delta and Kunste Akademie in Munich, Masamvu initially specialised in the realist style, and later developed a more avant-garde expressionist mode of representation with dramatic and graphic brushstrokes. Masamvu’s 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. His politically-charged and socially progressive art has been well-received and exhibited in numerous shows including the 54th La Biennale di Venezia where he represented Zimbabwe, the São Tomé Biennale and most recently he has been asked to participate in the 2016 São Paulo Biennale. At present, Masamvu lives and works in Harare.

Works in the collection