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

 

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.

 

Since 2014 he exhibits at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, as well as at the Gallery Delta. In 2017, 2018, and 2020 he participated at the FNB Joburg art fair and Investec Cape Town art fair. Maposa has also participated in several residency programs between Johannesburg and Harare. In 2019, he was awarded the second prize of the Emerging painting pan African art prize.

 

In 2020 and 2021, the 31 PROJECT gallery presents his work at the Art Paris Art Fair and 1-54 Paris - Christie’s. In November 2021 he participated in the group show “Self addressed” at the Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Los Angeles, curated by Kehinde Wiley.

 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO SHOWS

2021

Smiles of clay, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

1-54, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

 

2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Village Unhu, Cape Town – SA

 

GROUP SHOWS

2022

KIAF, 31 PROJECT, Seoul - KR

ARCO, 31 PROJECT, Lisbon - PT

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Village Unhu, Cape Town – SA

 

2021

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

Los Angeles - USA
Collective amnesia, Montague Contemporary, New York City – USA

AKAA, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

 

2020

SMALL, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

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

Group exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, ZI

 

2019

We are here Pamasonga, 31 PROJECT, Paris – FR

Sanity is expensive, but madness is for free, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

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

 

2018

Wild Geese Exhibition, Harare – ZI

ICTAF Cape Town Art Fair, Village Unhu, Cape Town – SA

100Hundred, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

 

2017

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

Group Exhibitions, Gallery Delta, Harare – ZI

FNB Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg – SA

 

2016

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

Surface=Drawing, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

Jumping borders, Village Unhu, Harare, ZI and Eyethu Gallery, Soweto – SA

 

2015

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

Dama Left or Right, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

Line to Form, Gallery Delta, Harare – ZI

Sold Out, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

Migration, Gallery Delta, Harare – ZI

Orgees, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

100Hundred, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

 

2014

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

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

Way Finding, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

Hope Exhibition, Hope Shop, Harare – ZI

 

AWARDS

2019

Emerging Painting Invitation Pan African art prize – EAAGA, Harare – ZI

 

2016

Artists Residency Studio Award, Village Unhu, Harare – ZI

 

RESIDENCIES
2016

Pro Helvetia Residency program Harare/Soweto, Johannesburg – SA

Village Unhu Programme de résidence et d'échange, ZI / UK

WITH 31 PROJECT

EXPOSITIONS

2021

Smiles of Clay, solo show, Paris - FR

 

2020

SMALL, group show, Paris - FR

We are here Pamasonga, group show, Paris - FR

FOIRES

2022

KIAF, group show, Seoul - KR

ARCO, group show, Lisbon - PT

 

2021

AKAA, group show, Paris - FR

1-54, solo show, Paris - FR

2020

Art Paris Art Fair, group show, Paris - FR