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. Admire trained at Gallery Delta and at the National Gallery School in Harare. Guns & Rain has showcased his work since 2014 and he took part in the first-ever Guns & Rain 3-month residency in Johannesburg in 2016.
Admire represented Zimbabwe at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, and had a solo show and residency in New York the same year. He is now represented by Catinca Tabacaru New York and Tyburn Gallery London.
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.
Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
2017 Triangle Residency, New York
2016 Guns & Rain, Johannnesburg
2012-2014 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
2018 “1972” with Rachel Monosov, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
2017 Zimbabwe Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale
2017 “I am Gonna…You”, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
2017 Zig Zag Zim, National Gallery Zimbabwe and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
2016 “Suddenly a Dissident”. Guns & Rain, Point of Order, Johannesburg
2014 “Antipathy”, Gallery Delta, Harare, 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
2017 Northern Trust Purchase Prize, EXPO Chicago 2017
2012 Ministeria van Buitenlandse Zaken – ICE
2011 Hivos Foundation, Artist Mediation and Travel Support
2010 The Fifth Column solo exhibition grant, Culture Fund 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