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Born in Zimbabwe in 1994, lives and works in Harare.

 

The body and the narrative are central in Epheas Maposa's work: half-man, half-animal creatures, with strong lines, evolving in surrealist and baroque universes.

 

Each work delivers a narrative on the edge, mixing in a dreamlike vein, drawn details and colourful motifs. A prolific narrator, Epheas Maposa uses the distortion of bodies and spaces to create disillusioned stories about the decay of Zimbabwe's social and political structure.

Epheas Maposa is self-taught. Drawing on the street, his primary source of inspiration, he joined Village Unhu back in 2013 where he received space and materials to work and develop his practice alongside other artists of the collective. From 2014 he exhibited at the National gallery of Zimbabwe, as well as at the Delta Gallery.

 

In 2017, 2018 and 2020 he participated in the FNB Joburg art fair and Investec Cape Town art fair. He also took part in several residency programmes between Johannesburg and Harare.

In 2019 he was awarded the second Emerging painting pan African art prize.

 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO SHOWS

2021

Smiles of clay, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

1-54, Paris, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

 

2020

Village Unhu, ICTAF Cape Town Art Fair – South Africa

 

GROUP SHOWS

2022

Village Unhu, ICTAF Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town - South Africa

 

2021

Self-Adressed, Jeffrey Deitch gallery, curator Kehinde Whiley,

Los Angeles - USA
Collective amnesia, Montague Contemporary, NY – USA

AKAA, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

 

2020

SMALL, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

When you master your seat and you can get out, Village Unhu,

Harare – Zimbabwe

Group exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

 

2019

We are here Pamasonga, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Sanity is expensive, but madness is for free, Village Unhu,

Harare – Zimbabwe

We move forward by looking back, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

 

2018

Wild Geese Exhibition, Harare – Zimbabwe

Village Unhu, ICTAF Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town – South Africa

100Hundred, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

 

2017

The Annual Young Artist Exhibitions, Gallery Delta, Harare - Zimbabwe

Group Exhibitions, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg – South Africa

 

2016

The Annual Young Artist Exhibitions, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

Surface=Drawing, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

Jumping borders, 2 men show, Village Unhu, Harare, Zimbabwe and Eyethu Gallery, Soweto – South Africa

 

2015

The Annual Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

Dama – Left or Right, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

Line to Form, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

Sold Out, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

Migration, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

Orgees, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

100Hundred, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

 

2014

Young Artist Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare – Zimbabwe

The Annual Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare – Zimbabwe

Way Finding, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

Hope Exhibition, Hope Shop, Harare – Zimbabwe

 

AWARDS

2019

Emerging Painting Invitation Pan African art prize – EAAGA,

Harare – Zimbabwe

 

2016

Artists Residency Studio Award, Village Unhu, Harare – Zimbabwe

 

RESIDENCIES

2016

Pro Helvetia Residency program Harare/Soweto,

Johannesburg – South Africa

Village Unhu Residency and exchange program Zim/UK

WITH 31 PROJECT

EXPOSITIONS

2021

Smile of Clay

 

2020

SMALL, group show

We are here Pamasonga, group show

FOIRES

2021

1-54, Paris, solo show

2020

Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, group show