Kimathi Mafafo

Kimathi Mafafo, (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practise ranges from embroidery, oil painting to installation. Mafafo obtained a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the College of Cape Town in 2007 and a National Diploma in Film and Video from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2016. Born in the semi-arid Kimberley in the Northern Cape of South Africa, Mafafo questions historical stereotypes around gender inequality in Africa. She primarily focuses on celebrating the black female and abstracted forms placing them in often verdant imaging characterised by lush greenery and sensuous drapery, are far removed from the dusty mining town where she grew up. The artist has recently organized a group of Capetonian woman into an informal traditional embroidery society. Mafafo had participated in several solo shows and featured in many group exhibitions in South Africa as well as in the USA, France and Turkey. Recent solo shows include Embolden, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Solo Presentation, at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED (2018); CITCC, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Alone in Spring, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Withdrawn, World Art, Cape Town, South Africa (2015). Group exhibitions include Devils in The Detail, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2020); FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (2020); Intersect Chicago online edition of SOFA Expo, Chicago, United States of America (2020); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York,USA (2020), Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, South Africa (2020); Angel, St Antoine Church, in association with Muse Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey (2019); Spotlight, LATITUDES Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Johannesburg, South Africa (2019); Botanica II, Curated by Adele van Heerden for Art B Gallery, Bellville, South Africa (2019); Textile, Curated By Amy Pike For Dyman Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2019); Filling in the Gaps, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2019), Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED; Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Connections, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Also Known As Africa (AKAA) 2018, Paris, France(2018); Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Colourchart, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Turbine Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED Stand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017); Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, South Africa(2017); A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Turbine Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED Stand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2016). In addition, her work is held in several public collections including the William Humphreys Art Gallery collection ( Kimberly, South Africa), the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection ( South Africa), Africa First Collection (Israel), Iziko South African National Gallery collection, The Art Bank of South Africa,Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, (South Africa).