Nelly Guambe

Guambe began painting in 2010 when she joined the Mozambican Artist Association, Nucleo de Arte, after completing a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of South Africa, Johannesburg in 2009 and has since then become a full time artist. Guambe’s paintings explore and reflect upon women’s circumstances and emotions. Finding her inspiration in women whom she encounters in everyday life and work, as well as in herself, her art responds to a powerful urge to document and record their often ignored state of being. With their hallmark penetrating eyes, her portraits frequently leave the viewer with questions rather than answers, shedding light state of ambivalence in which many contemporary southern African women find themselves, amidst both opportunity and constraint.

Recent exhibitions and projects include: 2019 Cape Town Art Fair (Guns and Rain Gallery), 2018 Solo Exhibition “Olhares” at the Portugues Cultural Institute, Maputo, 2018 - 1:54 contemporary African art fair (Ed Cross Fine Art), London, “About Face” group exhibition, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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