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Wallen Mapondera Biography

Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mapondera currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Mapondera received formal art training from Zimbabwe's National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design from 2005 to 2007. Mapondera recently completed his Masters degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa in 2019. In 2015, he was the recipient of Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Award – in the Visual Arts Two-Dimensional Work category – given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

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In 2007 Mapondera was selected for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Artist- in -Residence Programme hosted at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design Studios in, Harare, Zimbabwe. Mapondera has since been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Burlington in Vermont, USA in 2012; and Pro Helvetia Studio in Zurich, Switzerland in 2018. In 2020 he will take part in the Art Dubai Artist-in-Residence Programme culminating in a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at Art Dubai in Dubai, UAE.

Mapondera's Masters Exhibition Chirema Chine Mazano Chinotamba Chakazendama Madziro opened at Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa in 2019. Chirema Chine Mazano Chinotamba Chakazendama Madziro Part Two is currently on show at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Earlier solo presentations include Moving Target at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa as well as a solo presentation with Tyburn Gallery at Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland in 2019; Emergency Exit at Tyburn Gallery in London, UK and Samusha weiri Dongo at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa both in 2018 and Tsananguro | Clarifications at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.

Recent Art Fairs include Artissima in Turin, Italy; 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London in Somerset House, London, UK; FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa all in 2019 and UNTITLED, Art at Miami Beach in Miami, USA in 2018. Mapondera's work will be included in SMAC Gallery's presentation at the 2020 Art Brussels at Tour & Taxi in Brussels, Belgium.

Notable group exhibitions include: Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018; Familiar Histories: An Unstoppable Force in Contemporary Art Discourse, curated by Raphael Chikukwa, at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2017; X: Part III and Nothing Personal both at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2017 and 2016 respectively; Suddenly A Dissident (by Guns and Rain) at the Point of Order Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016; Between the Sheets at Gallery East in Fremantle, Australia in 2012; Colour Africa, Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe at Kulturallmende gUG in Munich, Germany in 2011; as well as African Expressions at the University of Avignon in Avignon, France in 2010. Mapondera has also participated in multiple group exhibitions in Zimbabwe since 2006.

Selected collections include The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe; Spier Art Collection, Stellenbosch, South Africa and the Tiroche Deleon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Mapondera's work currently forms part of Matereality, a group exhibition at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and was recently included in SMAC Gallery's presentation at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa. Mapondera's work will also form part of SMAC Gallery's presentation at Art Brussels in Belgium in 2020.

Text courtesy SMAC Gallery.

Wallen Mapondera Featured Artworks

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Mubhonga with Boundaries by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork painting
Wallen Mapondera Mubhonga with Boundaries, 2022 Cardboard, Egg Crates and Spray Paint on Board
120 x 120 cm
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Shungu by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork sculpture
Wallen Mapondera Shungu, 2022 Fabric, Ear Buds, Waxed Thread and Pine Tree Seed
120 x 120 cm
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Untitled by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Wallen Mapondera Untitled, 2021 Found canvas, paint, egg cartons
192 x 153 x 3 cm
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Gomba by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork works on paper
Wallen Mapondera Gomba, 2019 Cardboard, laminated hessian
190 x 176 x 4 cm
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Untitled by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Wallen Mapondera Untitled, 2021 Found Canvas, Paint, Egg Cartons
192 x 153 x 3 cm
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Ndiwe Wakandishandura Moyo by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Wallen Mapondera Ndiwe Wakandishandura Moyo, 2021 Egg Cartons, Waxed Thread
83 x 68 cm
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Song of the moment by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Wallen Mapondera Song of the moment, 2021 Egg Cartons and Nylon Thread
140 x 42 x 10 cm
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Before They Grow by Wallen Mapondera contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Wallen Mapondera Before They Grow, 2021 Egg Cartons and Waxed Thread
105 x 61 cm
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Wallen Mapondera Recent Exhibitions

Wallen Mapondera Represented By

SMAC Gallery contemporary art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa
SMAC Gallery Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch

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