Epheas maposa 31 PROJECT

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

 

The body and the narrative are at the heart of Epheas Maposa's work: bodies that are half human, half animal, with very marked lines, evolving in surrealist and baroque worlds. Each work delivers a narrative on the thread, mixing in an assumed dreamlike vein, drawn details and colourist motifs. A prolific narrator, he uses the distortion of bodies and spaces to create disillusioned tales that testify to the breakdown of Zimbabwe's social and political structure.

Epheas Maposa is self-taught. Drawing in the street, his first source of inspiration, he joined Village Unhu in 2013 where he was able to benefit from spaces and equipment to work and develop under Misheck Masamvu and alongside other artists in the collective. From 2014 he exhibits at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, as well as at the Gallery Delta. In 2017 and 2018, he participated in the FNB Joburg art fair and Investec Cape Town art fair. Maposa has also participated in several residency programs between Johannesburg and Harare.

 

EPHEAS MAPOSA

 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

GROUP SHOWS

2021

Collective amnesia, Montague Contemporary, NY – USA

 

2020

SMALL, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

When you master yours and you can get out, Village Unhu, 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

CTAF Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town – South Africa

Annual group, 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

SOLO SHOWS

2021

Smiles of clay, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

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

2020

Village Unhu, Investec Cape Town art fair – South Africa

AWARDS

2019

Emerging painting 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