Wallen Mapondera

Biography

Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he lives and works.

Mapondera is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates work through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. He is best known for his complex wall sculptures which create richly tessellated abstract surfaces out of cardboard and textiles. These works challenge the linearity of time and history, transfiguring ordinary materials into textured visual puzzles. The artist also paints surreal, unnerving dreamscapes, combining animals with domestic objects, using the deep-rooted cultural psychology of the human-animal relationship to evoke social and political themes of power, domination, hierarchies and corruption.

He graduated from Zimbabwe’s National Gallery School in 2007. He attended the Chinhoyi University of Technology in 2008. Since then, he has sustained an independent artistic practice in Zimbabwe. In 2015, he co-founded Post Studio Arts Collective, a visual arts group that works toward the acknowledgement of visual art as an important aspect of education, spreading awareness through classes, exhibitions and workshops hosted by both practicing visual artists and academics in the art world, including lecturers, curators and art critics.

Solo exhibitions include Tsananguro / Clarifications, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2017), Paint My Tea Pot, Tafaria Castle, Kenya (2016), SOCIAL ZOOMETRY, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2014), ANI-MAN (a human in an animal), Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2013), and TURNING TABLES, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, U.S.A.

His work has also been featured in several group exhibitions in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, Germany and France.

The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery will take place in 2018.

Education

2008

Study towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.

2007

National Gallery Visual Arts Studios, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Solo exhibition, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK. (forthcoming)

2017

Tsananguro / Clarifications, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2016

Paint My Tea Pot, Tafaria Castle, Kenya.

2014

SOCIAL ZOOMETRY, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2013

ANI-MAN (a human in an animal), Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2012

TURNING TABLES, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, U.S.A.

2009

X MARKS THE SPOT, Solo Exhibition of paintings, Trueworths Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2007

MAZUVA OSE (Everyday), exhibition at the end of the residency program sponsored by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Identity, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2016

Nothing Personal, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Suddenly A Dissident, Point of Order Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012

Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.

Between the Sheets, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia.

2011

Colour Africa, Munich, Germany.

2010

Live ‘n’ Direct, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

African Expressions, Avignon University, Avignon, France.

2009

F.A.C.T. COTCO, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ani-mal exhibition, VEO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2008

COTCO, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Young Artist Exhibition and Competition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Salon 91 Art Exhibition, Salon 91, Cape Town, South Africa.

Residencies

2016

African Centre Artist in Residency, Tafaria Castle, Kenya.

Guns and Rain residency, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015

Urban Art Festival, Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Artist in residency, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2013

Renaissance Men, Greatmore studios, Cape Town, South Africa.

2012

Thupelo Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa.

Vermont Studio Center, Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.

2008

Good Hope Arts Studios mentorship workshop, Cape Town, South Africa.

Edible Mapepa, Mapepa Industries, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2007

Young Artists Workshop, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Biography & Press

2017

---, The National Gallery hosts three exhibitions, Herald.co.zw, 17 July 2017.

2015

 

Mantecón, Javier, Contra el maltrato animal a través del expresionismo: Wallen Mapondera, Afribuku.com, 26 November 2015.

---, Fusion of traditional, modern art, Herald.co.zw, 18 September 2015.

Loks, James, 1:54 Trend Report: Found Objects and Photography, Artslant.com, 16 October 2015.

Collections

National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.