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 In the Name of…, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2022); 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
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); The Bunker Art Space (Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection) (USA), UTA Artist Space Collection (USA) .