Moffat Takadiwa



Moffat Takadiwa was born in 1983 in Karoi, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare.

He graduated with a BA Honors from Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe in 2008.

Takadiwa creates large-scale sculptural pieces from ordinarily discarded materials, including everything from computer waste, aerosol cans and spray bottles, to toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. He weaves together these small everyday objects to make impressive organic forms evocative of jewel-encrusted excess or a ritualistic kind of minimalism. The artist’s choice of materials communicates his concern with issues around consumerism, inequality, post-colonialism and the environment.

Recent solo presentations include Foreign Objects at Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015); Foreign Bodies at Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa (2016); Local Foreign Products at Gallery Special Projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); Africa Not Reachable! at First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012). Takadiwa was a founding member of First Floor Gallery, an artist run space opened in 2009 which continues to support and show contemporary Zimbabwean artists.

In 2014 Takadiwa collaborated with the Australian artist Simeon Nelson on a large-scale sculptural installation All Our Ancestors following Nelson’s residency in Harare.

Group exhibitions include Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2017); Dear Europa…, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2016); When Tomorrow Comes, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg and Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town (2016); Broken English at Tyburn Gallery, London (2015); UNcertain Terms, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2014); Warp & Woof, The Hole, New York, USA (2014); and National Gallery of Zimbabwe Annual Show, Harare, Zimbabwe (2014).

Takadiwa has been a recipient of many awards since 2008, including the Award of Attendance from The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, Harare, Zimbabwe in 2012 and an Award of Merit and Special Mention Prize for exhibitions at Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe both in 2010.



BA Honors Fine Art, Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Say Hello to English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.


Across Borders, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.


Foreign Objects, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

Local Foreign Products, Gallery Special Projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Africa Not Reachable! First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Selected Group Exhibitions


Right at the Equator, Depart Foundation, Malibu, CA, USA.


On being alone and unbearable loneliness, Watou Art Festival, Belgium.

Chinafrika          Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany.

Chinafrika          Kunstfest Weimar, Germany.

De Nature en Sculpture, Villa Datris Foundation, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France.

Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France.

Collector’s Stage, curated by Enin Supriyanto, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore.


Dear Europa…, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

When Tomorrow Comes, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa.


Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

Foreign Bodies, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.


Uncertain Terms, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

SCINTILLA: An Alchemy Show, Commune 1, Cape Town, South Africa.

Project, 1:54 2nd edition African Art Fair London. UK.

BATIK d'AFRIQUE, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, USA.

Warp & Woof, The Hole, New York, USA.

Meet the artist project, Chinembiri studio, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Project 1:54, African Art Fair London, UK.

Good News exhibition, New University, Lisbon, Portugal.

No Limits, HIFA, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Chiso, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Harare Haarare!, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Inexactly This, Kunstvlaai Festival of Independence, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Wars/Karas, Octopus Projects, Riga, Latvia.

Jo’burg Fringe, Johannesburg, South Africa.

A Tale of Two Cities, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Family, Tradition and Religion, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe.


Still Life Exhibition, Delta Gallery, Zimbabwe.

Harare beyond Words, Gallery H, Bangkok, Thailand.

Mbare Kutapira, First Floor Gallery, Chinembiri Studios, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Harare Paris, Pavé d’Orsay, Paris, France.

Harare International Festival of Art Exhibition, National Gallery, Zimbabwe.

Rangu Izwi, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Austral><Affric, First Floor Gallery, The Basement, Harare, Zimbabwe.


First Steps, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Facet Zimbabwe Now, Delta Gallery, Zimbabwe.

Avignon University, Avignon, France.

Live and Direct, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Peace through Unity in Diversity, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Walls, Berlin Wall, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Cottco, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Enriching Woman, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.



Hecker, Judith (ed.), Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now: Prints from the Museum of Modern Art, Museum Of Modern Art, NYC, 2011.



The Gathering, Kenya.

Biography & Press


Schulz, Anke, Moffat Takadiwa: Exploring Zimbabwe’s Colonial Past Through Language,, 8 April 2017

10 Outstanding Solo Exhibitions to Experience in London in April,, 7 April 2017

Mba, Adora, Moffat Takadiwa: the shy guy whose art speaks volumes,, 31 March 2017

Wrathall, Claire, Artists in Focus: Moffat Takadiwa, Christie’s Magazine, April 2017 Issue, pp. 44-45

Gilhooly, Emma, Moffat Takadiwa: The Zimbabwe artist protests against the colonial education system with his solo show, Say Hello To English,, March 2017

Enwonwu, Oliver, In Conversation With Moffat Takadiwa,, 13 February 2017

Ojo, Tobi, 10 African Artists to Keep on Your Radar,, 30 January 2017.


Walton, Millie, Inner sanctum, A magazine, February - April 2016.

Forrest, Tim, Foreign Objects,, 07th January 2016.

Schumann, Megan, Deco Diary: Two Must-See Exhibitions In January,, 04 January 2016.


Brination, Irene, Tales of a Spiritual Garbage Man: Spotlight on Moffat Takadiwa,, 14th October 2015.

Glyn-Jones, Gordon, ART ALERT: 5 Southern African art destinations this week,, 04th November 2015.

Hegert, Natalie, Citing Decolonial Theory, Moffat Takadiwa Transforms Debris into Art,, November 2015.

O’Toole, Sean, 10 Young African Artists You Should Know,, 31st August 2015.

Zhou, Justice, Zimbabwean Artists Seek To Leave A Mark At South African Fair,, 01st March 2015.

——, Moffat Takadiwa, Foreign Objects,, 20th December 2015.

—-, National Identity and the Language of Bodies: A Group Show at Whatiftheworld,, 10th December 2015.

—-, Dalla spazzatura alla scultura,, 20th November 2015.

—-, Team Pelham interviews Moffat Takadiwa,, 18th November 2015.

—-, Diaspora Art Diaries: Moffat Takadiwa,, 09th November 2015.

-—, Moffat Takadiwa,, November 2015.

----, Moffat Takadiwa: Foreign Objects,, 30th October 2015.

——, Artist Moffat Takadiwa Transforms Found Consumer Waste into Intricate Sculptural Forms,, 21 October 2015.


Devereux, Robert, My Highlights from 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014,, 06th October 2014.

Gregory, Hannah, From Kadar Brock to Penny Lamb, 14 Artists Find Creativity In Destruction,, 22nd October 2014.

Kinsman, Houghton, Rethinking institutional approaches to emerging artistic practice in Zimbabwe,, 03rd October 2014.

——, Moffat Takadiwa,, 26th September 2014.


Sibanda, Nkosilathi, Voices in Colour empower city artists,, 07 December 2013.


Davidzon, Vladislav, Paris-Harare: Focus on Inner Vision,, 15th August 2011.



Award of Attendance, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Award of Merit, Peace Through Unity Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Special Mention Prize, Facet Zimbabwe Now Exhibition, Delta Gallery, Zimbabwe.


2nd Prize Walls, Special Mentions, Peace Through Unity Exhibition Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.


2016Award of Merit, Cottco Exhibition and Prize, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Special Prize, Enriching Woman, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.



Foundation de 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium

Shanti Art Collection

Villa Datris Foundation, France