Mostaff Muchawaya

b. 1981, Nyazura, Manicaland, Zimbabwe.

Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Mostaff Muchawaya was born in 1981 in Nyazura, Manicaland, Zimbabwe, and currently lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe. He received formal art training from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe School of Visual Arts and Design from 2002 to 2003.

Muchawaya presented his first solo exhibition in 2013, titled My Entire People and Places, At Alliance Française in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 2017 he completed a three-month residency at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, culminating in a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, titled Memory / Ndangariro, marking his debut in South Africa.

In 2018 he was an exhibiting artist in Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Tandazani Dhlakama, the exhibition was the first to look at the legacy of contemporary painting in Zimbabwe and included twenty-nine artists. Muchawaya also presented a solo exhibition, Zviso Zvangu, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2018. Notable group exhibitions include Zimbabwe Meets Italy in 2018, and Mharidzo in 2015, both at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare; Landmark at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2016; Artists in the Stream V at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2014; and 100 Hundred at Old Mutual Theatre in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2013.

Muchawaya’s works will form part of Nirin, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, held in Sydney, Australia. Curated by Brook Andrew, Nirin takes place from 14 March to 8 June 2020 in venues through the city.