Zimbabwe | Oct - Nov 2022
Portia Zvavahera (b. 1985) is a Zimbabwean artist whose paintings draw on traditional figuration styles in Zimbabwe, while also examining the human condition. Her works are vivid depictions of life and death, pain and pleasure, isolation and connection, and love and loss, all manifested in colorful ornate patterns that are built up through expressive brushwork and printmaking techniques.
Zvavahera studied fine arts at Harare Polytechnic after completing a program at the BAT Visual Arts Studio, National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Stevenson in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is held in several collections including the Tate, Johannesburg Art Gallery, and Pérez Art Museum Miami. In 2022, Zvavahera was part of the 59th Venice Biennale.