MAWANDE KA ZENZILE
Born in 1986 in Lady Frere, South Africa. He lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Mawande Ka Zenzile draws links between politics and perception, exploring our common understanding of art. Through his recent body of work materialist worldviews, dogmatic ideologies, and archetypes are sieved and converted into material for his paintings.
The subjects of his works derive from IsiXhosa, questions around ontology, popular imagery as well as his socio-political and esoteric knowledge. By transposing his approach to life into his canvases, Mawande Ka Zenzile seeks to question society and to open the possibility for radical ways of thinking about the hegemonies of perception.
In 2008, he was awarded a residency in Norway as part of the Abazobi project, organized by the Arkivet Foundation and the Robben Island Museum. In 2013 he won the Michaelis Prize and was shortlisted for the inaugural Norval Sovereign African Art Prize. In 2014, he won the Tollman Award for Visual Art and took part in the Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
In 2019, he was among three artists selected for the South African Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, curated by Nomusa Makhubu and Nkule Mabaso under the title The Stronger We Become. In the same year, he completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts.
In 2020, the Stevenson gallery of Cape Town presented his sixth solo show entitled UDLUDLILALI, along the lines of the work presented in Venice. In 2021, Mawande Ka Zenzile featured in Matereality at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
In 2022, he is among the artists shortlisted for the inaugural Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, intended to ‘celebrate the practices of leading contemporary artists’.
SOLO SHOWS | Selection
KIAF, 31 PROJECT, Seoul - KR
Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris - FR
Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Udludlilali, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Uhambo luyazilawula, Stevenson, Johannesburg - SA
Archetypocalypse, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Mawande Ka Zenzile, Stevenson, Johannesburg - SA
Statecraft, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Autobiography of Mawande Ka Zenzile: Iingcuka ezombethe iimfele zeegusha, Vansa, Cape Town - SA
Crawling Nation, AVA (Association for Visual Arts) Gallery, Cape Town - SA
GROUP SHOW | Selection
Iziko, South African National Gallery - SA
Stevenson and Chill, Stevenson, Amsterdam - NL
021 - 2021, Stevenson, Amsterdam - NL
Matereality, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town - SA
The Stronger We Become, South African Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale - IT
About Face, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Both, and, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Tell Freedom. 15 South African Artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort - NL
Looking after Freedom, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town - SA
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
I Love You Sugar Kane, ICA Indian Ocean, Port Louis - MU
Material Matters: New Art from Africa, ICA Indian Ocean, Port Louis - MU
Schema, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
A Sculptural Premise, Stevenson, Cape Town - SA
After the Rainbow Nation, Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park,Krugersdorp - SA
Between the Lines, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town - SA
Material/Representation, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town - SA
The Exuberant Project, GIPCA, University of Cape Town - SA
Umahluko, Cape 09 Biennale, Lookout Hill, Cape Town - SA
ABAZOBI, SA et NO
X Marks the Spot, AVA, Cape Town - SA
Stroke of Genius, Pretoria - SA
Soul of Africa, Pretoria - SA
Shortlisted Norval Sovereign African Art Prize - SA
Tollman Award for the Visual Arts - SA
Michaelis Prize, University of Cape Town - SA
Cité internationale des arts, Paris - FR
Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam - TZ
Abazobi - NO
WITH 31 PROJECT
KIAF, group show, Seoul - KR
Art Paris Art Fair, group show, Paris - FR