Wycliffe Mundopa

Wycliffe Mundopa (b. 1987 in Rusape, Zimbabwe) lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe and holds a National Certificate in Fine Arts from The National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studios (2007). Having grown up in Mbare — historically an entry port to the capital and still a bustling hub of trade in all its various guises —, the artist is a first-hand witness to the intimate and informal cultural structures, which simultaneously exploit and empower women. As such, his compositions hold a strong female presence through nuanced and skilful depictions that defy gender stereotypes and shed light on the pathos and drama of the lives of ordinary people in Harare. Significantly, the artist refuses to pass judgement on any of his subjects, presenting them instead as equals, each rendered with the same level of attention and artistic energy. Recent solo shows include the upcoming ‘1001 Afternoons’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London (2020); Latitues Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare, Johannesburg, South Africa (2019); Tomorrows/Today, solo presentation, Cape Town Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare, Cape Town, South Africa (2018). Selected group shows include Cape Town Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare, Cape Town, South Africa (2020); Day & Night, Mundopa/Nyaude, GNYP Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2019); Kubatana, African contemporary art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2019); Night & Day – Wycliffe Mundopa/Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude, First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe (2019); Harare Fauves (Mundopa, Nyaude, Teed), Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); Defying the narrative, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, USA (2018); Hello Harare, Collaging the City, First Floor Gallery Harare (2017), Joburg Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017); Another Antipodes/urban axis, PS Art Space, Fremantle, Australia (2017); Hello Harare, Collaging the City, First Floor Gallery Harare (2017); Art 16, London, First Floor Gallery Harare, London (2016); Volta, First Floor Gallery Harare, New York (2016); FNB Joburg Art fair, Johannesburg, South Africa, First Floor Gallery Harare (2016) and 'I am because you are', First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe (2016).