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.
Recent solo shows include 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 African Voices: Confronting the Frontiers of Reality, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2017), 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, at the Zimbabwean Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013).
The artist recently created a large-scale public sculpture for the V&A Waterfront on the occasion of the opening of the Zeitz Musum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. As well as being included in the collection of the Zeitz MOCAA, his works form part of collections such as those of 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 will present a second solo exhibition at Tyburn Gallery in 2018.