Kimathi Mafafo (b. 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practise ranges from embroidery and 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 that are far removed from the dusty mining town where she grew up. She has recently organized a group of Capetonian woman into an informal traditional embroidery society. 
 
Solo exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2024); (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2023); Kgolagano – A Covenant, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2022); Gestures from The Awakened Mind, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2021); 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(2018); CITCC, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); Alone in Spring, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Withdrawn, World Art, Cape Town, South Africa (2015).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 (Upcoming) Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2023); Art Dubai, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery,  Dubai, UAE (2023); Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/ CURATED, South Africa (2023); Also Known As Africa (AKKA), Paris, France (2022);  Diversity, Rupert Museum, Stellenbosh, South Africa (2022); Art Paris, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Paris (2022); Geleceg(n)iDokumak, CerModern Museum, Ankara, Turkey (2022); (IM)MATERIALITY, This Is Not A White Cube, Lisbon, Portugal (2022); This Is Not A White Cube, Lisbon, Portugal (2022); A Very Loop Street Summer, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2021); Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, FNB Art Joburg, Open City, Keyes Art Mile, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, EBONY/ CURATED, London, England (2021); Threads, The Duende Art Project, Monastery of the Zwartzusters, Antwerp, Belgium (2021); Presentation with This Is Not a White Cube Lisbon, Portugal (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Goerne, Germany (2021); Knotted Ties, Lobby Gallery, Christie’s New York, United States of America (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair,(Virtual Representation) EBONY/ CURATED, London, England (2021); In (the) Loop, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2021); Devils in The Details, 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, London, United Kingdom (2020); Feminist Utopia curated by Anelisa Mangcu, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2020); LATITUDES Art Fair (Virtual Representation, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2020); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, United States of America (2020);  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Booth A12, 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); Connections, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Also Known As Africa (AKAA) 2018, Paris, France (2018);  Colourchart, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2016).
 
Highlights and collections 
Kimathi Mafafo has been awarded with the Finalist Ares Art Prize (2022) and the  Norval Foundation Sovereign Art Prize (2022). Kimathi Mafafo's work can be found in various international collections which include The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Palm Beach, Florida, USA; William;Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberly South Africa; Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa ; Africa First Collection, Israel; IZIKO South; African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; The Art Bank of South Africa, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa; The Irma Stern Museum, The University Of Cape Town; Foundation H Museum, Antananarivo, Madagascar; KOKO Club, UK; Jiminez / Constantine Trust, Puerto Rico; Euston Capital Collection, USA; Serge Tiroche Collection; The House Of KOKO, London; Spiers Arts Trust, South Africa; Nelson Mandela Art Museum in Gqeberha (FKA Port Elizabeth); Rupert Museum, Stellenbosh, South Africa.