Michele Mathison was born in 1977 in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently lives and works between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Honors, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2000.
Mathison’s practice involves transforming everyday objects into charged artistic declarations. Informed by his own migratory experience, living primarily in South Africa and Zimbabwe, his sculptures and installations form a visual language commenting on both the personal and political.
Recent solo shows include Dissolution, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2018), State of Emergence, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa (2017); Uproot, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2016); Harvest, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Scheryn Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Manual, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa (2014); and Exit/Exile, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011). Mathison has produced commissions for Carvela, Running in Circles (2012) and Slow Lounge, Carto/Graphic 1 (2011).
Group exhibitions include Frieze Sculpture, Regent’s Park, London, UK (2018); A Place in Time 2016, NIROX Foundation in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015); You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery, Almeida Garrett, Portugal (2015); African Odysseys, The Brass Artscape, Brussels, Belgium (2015); and Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014). The artist also participated in Dudziro, the Zimbabwean Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013).
Mathison recently created a large-scale public sculpture for the V&A Waterfront on the occasion of the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. As well as being included in the collection of the Zeitz MOCAA, his work forms part of collections of the Norval Foundation (Cape Town, South Africa), Spier Arts Trust (Cape Town, South Africa), Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda, Angola), ArtColl Trust (Seattle, USA), as well as the Standard Bank Art Collection (Cape Town, South Africa).
Mathison’s work was included in Frieze Sculpture 2018, curated by Clare Lilley, in Regent’s Park, London. The artist is also currently presenting his second solo exhibition at Tyburn Gallery.