MASIMBA HWATI

b. 1982, Harare, Zimbabwe

Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe

Masimba Hwati graduated from the Harare Polytechnic in 2003, and has continued to live and work in the capital city. In 2017 he obtained a Certificate in Building Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Development at Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Canada. Hwati recently completed his Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, which culminated in a MFA thesis exhibition titled Dry Socks in a Submerged Canoe at Stamps Gallery in Ann Arbour, Michigan in 2019.

In 2016 Hwati was the winner of the Cape Town Art Fair’s curated Special Projects Section: Tomorrows/Today, with his solo presentation: don’t worry be happy. The presentation formed part of Consuming Us, an exhibition curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao. In 2015 he participated in the Zimbabwean Cultural Centre of Detroit (ZCCD) Artist Exchange programme, partnered with the Witt Visiting Artist Program at the  Stamp School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, USA. 

Hwati will present his most recent solo exhibition Sokunge / As if at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019. His works formed part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2019. In 2018, Hwati’s works were included in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s (MMFA) exhibition, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present. The exhibition was produced by the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in partnership with the Musée National Picasso, Paris, with an adaptation by the MMFA. Hwati also participated in the group exhibition, Contemporary Art for Schools, which was hosted at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2018.  

In 2017, Hwati was the featured artist for SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Art Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. In 2015, Hwati was one of three artists selected for Pixels Of Ubuntu/Unhu, curated by Raphael Chikukwa for the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions include: Instruments of Memory / Simbi dzeNdangariro at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2016; don’t worry be happy, part of Tomorrows/Today for the Special Project Section at the Cape Town Art Fair in 2016; Quantumlogik at Gallery Delta in Zimbabwe in 2014 and Facsimiles of Energy in 2011, also at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe. Group exhibitions include Trek – Following Journeys at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, in 2015 (Hwati’s South African debut); Between the Sheets: 2012 Artists’ Books Exhibition at Gallery East in North Freemantle, Australia in 2012; Colour Africa: Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe, Kulturallmende in Munich, Germany; and Food for Thought, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, both in 2011. 

Selected collections include: Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada; Scott White Contemporary, San Diego, USA; George R. Nnamdi Collection, Harare, Zimbabwe; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe and the Gervanne & Matthias Leridon Collection, Paris, France.

Hwati will present his most recent solo exhibition Sokunge / As if at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition will run from 30 November 2019 to 25 January 2020.

University of Michigan – Stamps School of Art and Design | Hyperallergic | Stamps Gallery Presents the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition ‘Dry Socks in a Submerged Canoe’11 March 2019 – PDF

Rob Walker | Hyperallergic | Selling Sticks and a Slap in the Face: Artists Intervene in eBay | 11 July 2017 – PDF

Imelda Barnard | Apollo | A guide to this month’s best art fairs | 12 April 2017 – PDF

The Herald Zimbabwe | Hwati Shines at Cape Town Art Fair | 7 March 2016 – PDF

Dayle Kavonic | House and Leisure | see tomorrow’s artists – EMERGING AFRICAN ARTISTS AT THE CAPE TOWN ART FAIR | 16 February 2016 – PDF

Art Africa | Third Time Lucky: The Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale | 13 May 2015 – PDF

Biennial Foundation | Chikonzero Chazunguza Masimba Hwati and Gareth Nyandoro are the representatives for the Zimbabwe Pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia 56th International Art Exhibition | 24 February 2015 – PDF

The Herald Zimbabwe | Hwati explores culture through found objects | 23 July 2014 – PDF