Known for his lively, raw and often dark allegorical depictions of life in Zimbabwe, Admire Kamudzengerere (b. 1983) was one of 15 successful artists selected from over 2000 applicants worldwide, and the second Zimbabwean artist ever, to be awarded a residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, 2012 – 2014. He trained at Gallery Delta and at the National Gallery School in Harare. He will represent Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, and has a solo show and residency in New York this year. In 2016, he spent 3 months in Johannesburg as part of a Guns & Rain residency.
Kamudzengerere’s work explores identity, politics and society, often informed by the multifaceted structural and political violence that has marked Zimbabwe’s last decade. His paintings frequently reveal an unequal world in which the powerful ride roughshod over the weak.
His male portraits, intense but at the same time undefinable,speak not only to personal struggle, self-definition and father-son relationships but more broadly to the theme of contemporary masculinity. Kamudzengerere is currently based in Harare, where he teaches and is busy creating a new farm-based artist collective.
Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Fellowships and Stipends
2012 Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken – ICE
2011 Hivos Foundation, Artist Mediation and Travel Support
2010 The Fifth Column solo exhibition grants from Culture fund Zimbabwe
2013 3 Man Show, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2013 Select Collection, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2012 Past and Present – A Retrospective Insight, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2012 Contemporary Art from Zimbabwe, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 Islamic International Festival of Art, Gogan, Iran
2011 Unleashed: 3 Man Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2011 Color Africa, Munich, Germany
2010 Harare International Festival of Arts, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
2010 Variations in the game, solo exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2010, The Fifth Column, solo exhibition, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
2009 Modern Art Of Zimbabwe, the Korean Foundation cultural Centre, Korea
2009 Zimbabwean Contemporary Arts, Dakar, Senegal
2008 Between a line, Exhibition Avignon University, France
2006 Rembrandt: An African response, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2005 Don Quixote, An African perspective, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2004 Seven Contemporary Young Artist, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2003 Young Artist exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2008 Francophone Exhibition Second Prize in Drawings, Graphics and Prints.
2008 Drawings, Graphics and Prints First Prize, Post Election Selection, Gallery Delta.
2007 The Land, Painting Category Second Prize, Gallery Delta.
2006 Spanish Embassy First Prize for Best African Perspective – Don Quixote 400th Birthday.
2006 Netherlands Embassy Third Prize Consolation award for An African Response, Rembrandt 400th Birthday