Lot 343 - Tafadzwa Masudi - My Own Space
Acrylic paint on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust.
Tafadzwa Masudi (b. 1988) started painting at an early age in Harare while assisting a family friend who introduced him to the visual arts.
In 2010 he moved to South Africa and started working in a clothing factory until 2020 when he was laid off. He took the opportunity to start painting full-time and soon his work featured in group exhibitions at galleries in Cape Town.
“Circumstances forced me to leave my country of birth and become a migrant. I relate to people who had to travel elsewhere to create a better life and this is what I currently paint. Images that show their sense of self, their dreams and their aspirations.”
2022 – Summer group exhibition. Monti8, Latina, Italy
2020 – Many makes ONE. Studio VOOP, Cape Town
2020 – Home is where the art is. Zeitz MOCAA – Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town
2022 - Pakutsvaga. Africa First X Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv
2021 – Waiting for a better tomorrow. WORLDART, Cape Town
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
His brightly coloured paintings depict scenes filled with balloons, people and patterns. Observed through the lens of a migrant person existing in a foreign land, the works reflect on optimism and the pursuit of a better future.
“The balloons are not just masks of optimism or celebration, they also represent the composed pressure under which some of us are. A balloon can pop any moment, yet it represents happiness and celebration. That balloon is me staying calm under difficult circumstances while chasing the dream of a bright future”.
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