Anthony Bumhira & Admire Kamudzengerere
Anthony Bumhira graduated from the National gallery of Zimbabwe arts school, the B.A.T Visual Arts Studios. After graduated in 2005, he was selected to be an artist in residence at the same institution for two years.
In 2008, he was invited to have his first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, due to the popularity of his work and distinctive style.
As part of the Summer Exhibition at the renowned Gallery Delta Foundation of Arts and humanities in Harare, Bumhira was awarded the 2010 Merit Award.
Over the years, Bumhira’s works has been exhibited as part of group exhibitions in Zimbabwe, France and the U.S. His work exists in private collections around the world.
Bumhira’s style is semi-abstract in nature, specialising in sketches of rural life with an infusion of reds and yellows in his works. More recently, he has started creating abstract portraits using thick bold marking techniques.
Bumhira was born in 1985 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. He lives and works in Harare Zimbabwe.
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.
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.