Zemba Luzamba

Zemba Luzamba (b. 1973) is an artist born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He moved to South Africa to pursue his career as an artist and this experience of migration has allowed him an intimate and sympathetic view of migrant communities which has informed many of his works over the past 15 years. A contemporary realist, Luzamba's paintings hover on the border of satire, at once appearing to mimic the colonial lifestyle of the post-colonial elites while simultaneously bringing it into question. Is this pure observation, aspiration or critique?

 

Solo exhibitions include Connecxion, EBONY/CURATED Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Déjà vu at the 5th Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi, DR Congo (2017); In The South – Paintings from 2004-2017, Stellenbosch University Museum, South Africa (2017); Genesis, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa (2016); It Is What It Is, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); LA SAPE, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2013); LA SAPE, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2012); Hope for Refugees, Rome, Italy (2005); Untitled, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2004).

 

Group exhibitions include 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 booth, London, England (2021); 8 by 8, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2021); Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Virtual Representation, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, (Virtual Representation) EBONY/CURATED, New York, US (2021); In [the] Loop, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2021); FNB Art Joburg online edition, Main Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa (2020); Intersect Chicago online edition of SOFA Expo, Chicago, US (2020); AKAA (Also Known as Africa) 2019, Paris, France (2019); A Smaller Scale, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2019); Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2019); The Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2018); From the Horse’s Mouth, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa (2017); Beyond Binaries, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa (2016); That Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); In Print/In Focus, Michealis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa (2015).

 

Highlights and Collections

Luzamba’s work can be found in international private and public collections, including Durban Art Gallery (South Africa), Irma Stern Museum (South Africa), Nandos Art Collection (UK), Nandos Art Collection (South Africa), Scalabrini House (Italy), Cultures Inc (US), Museum of Modern Art (Equatorial Guinea) Jorge M. Pérez Collection (US), Fondation H Museum (Madagascar).