Kimathi Mafafo

Kimathi Mafafo is a multidisciplinary emerging artist whose practise ranges from embroidery and oil painting to installation. Born (1986) in the semi-arid Kimberley in the Northern Cape of South Africa, a mining town, she went on to obtain a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the College of Cape Town in 2007 and a National Diploma in Film and Video from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2016. Mafafo’s work, essentially narrative, features lush greenery and sensual drapery while embroidery, an ancient transcendent, is central to her practice.  The latter celebrates the black female and aims to inspire women trapped under the weight of tradition to realize their worthand challenge traditional gender roles. she enjoys working collaboratively (for instance with Mustapha Saadu, a tailor from Ghana) and be socially engaged. The artist has recently organized a group of Capetonian woman into an informal traditional embroidery society. As a group, it is their dream to attract more women to empower young females.An emerging artist, Mafafo has already had several solo shows and featured in many group exhibitions in South Africa as well as in the USA, France and Turkey. 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). 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(2018); CITCC, Cape Town, South Africa (2018);Alone in Spring, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa(2017), Withdrawn, World Art, Cape Town, South Africa (2015).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 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).