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b. 1988, Mozambique

Cassi Namoda Biography

Cassi Namoda (b. 1988 Maputo, Mozambique) is a painter and performance artist who explores the intricacies of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity. Capturing scenes of everyday life, from mundane moments to life-changing events, Namoda paints a vibrant and nuanced portrait of post-colonial Mozambique within an increasingly globalised world.

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Namoda deftly captures scenes which have the appearance of film stills: fleeting snapshots within much larger narratives. Her paintings range from bustling, faceless crowds to close-up individual portraits and her characters often stare out of the paintings, locking eyes with the viewer and breaking the fourth wall. Interweaving her own memories and imagination with images from archival photographs and the works of other artists, Namoda reflects on the cultural specificity of Mozambique, her birthplace and home for several years.

Recent solo exhibitions include François Ghebaly, Los Angeles and Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami. Namoda’s work has been included in exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York; CFHILL, Stockholm; Library Street Collective, Detroit; Nicodim Galleries, Los Angeles and Bucharest.

This year Namoda was named one of the ‘Rising Arts Stars of 2020’ by Elephant Magazine and was commissioned to paint a cover for the January issue of Vogue Italia. Her work is held in the collection of Pérez Art Museum, Miami. She works between Los Angeles and New York.

Text courtesy Goodman Gallery.

Cassi Namoda Featured Artworks

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The joy of living, outweighs misery and sorrow by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaThe joy of living, outweighs misery and sorrow, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
121.9 x 152.4 x 2.5 cm
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We have become strangers (Fight with a javelin and boron). An ode to Goya by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaWe have become strangers (Fight with a javelin and boron). An ode to Goya, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
152.4 x 213.4 x 3.2 cm
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Armando from Zambezi province late to meet beloved, a tragedy by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaArmando from Zambezi province late to meet beloved, a tragedy, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
121.9 x 91.4 x 2.5 cm
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Womb by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaWomb, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm
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Zambeziana remembers Tchaubo tongue by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaZambeziana remembers Tchaubo tongue, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
101.6 x 76.2 x 2.5 cm
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Bountiful Beast you are a feast by Cassi Namoda contemporary artwork
Cassi NamodaBountiful Beast you are a feast, 2020Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
61 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm
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Cassi Namoda Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Cassi Namoda, To Live Long is To See Much at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
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21 November 2020–16 January 2021 Cassi Namoda To Live Long is To See Much Goodman GalleryJohannesburg
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibiiton, Dwelling Is The Light at Timothy Taylor, Online Only, London
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15 April–15 May 2020 Group Exhibiiton Dwelling Is The Light Timothy TaylorOnline Only

Cassi Namoda Represented By

Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Cape Town, London

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