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.