WALLEN MAPONDERA

b. 1985, Harare, Zimbabwe

Lives and works in Grahamstown, South Africa

Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mapondera currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Mapondera received formal art training from Zimbabwe’s National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design from 2005 to 2007. Mapondera recently completed his Masters degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa in 2019. In 2015, he was the recipient of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Award – in the Visual Arts Two-Dimensional Work category – given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

In 2007 Mapondera was selected for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Artist- in -Residence Programme hosted at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design Studios in, Harare, Zimbabwe. Mapondera has since been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Burlington in Vermont, USA in 2012; and Pro Helvetia Studio in Zurich, Switzerland in 2018. In 2020 he will take part in the  Art Dubai Artist-in-Residence Programme culminating in a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at Art Dubai in Dubai, UAE.

Mapondera’s Masters Exhibition Chirema Chine Mazano Chinotamba Chakazendama Madziro opened at Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa in 2019. Chirema Chine Mazano Chinotamba Chakazendama Madziro Part Two is currently on show at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Earlier solo presentations include Moving Target at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa as well as a solo presentation with Tyburn Gallery at Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland in 2019;  Emergency Exit at Tyburn Gallery in London, UK and Samusha weiri Dongo at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa both in 2018 and Tsananguro | Clarifications at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017.

Recent Art Fairs include Artissima in Turin, Italy; 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London in Somerset House, London, UK; FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa all in 2019 and UNTITLED, Art at Miami Beach in Miami, USA in 2018. Mapondera’s work will be included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the 2020 Art Brussels at Tour & Taxi in Brussels, Belgium.

Notable group exhibitions include: Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018; Familiar Histories: An Unstoppable Force in Contemporary Art Discourse, curated by Raphael Chikukwa, at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2017; X: Part III and Nothing Personal both at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2017 and 2016 respectively; Suddenly A Dissident (by Guns and Rain) at the Point of Order Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016; Between the Sheets at Gallery East in Fremantle, Australia in 2012; Colour Africa, Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe at Kulturallmende gUG in Munich, Germany in 2011; as well as African Expressions at the University of Avignon in Avignon, France in 2010. Mapondera has also participated in multiple group exhibitions in Zimbabwe since 2006.

Selected collections include The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe; Spier Art Collection, Stellenbosch, South Africa and the Tiroche Deleon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Mapondera’s work currently forms part of Matereality, a group exhibition at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and was recently included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa. Mapondera’s work will also form part of SMAC Gallery’s presentation at Art Brussels in Belgium in 2020.

Mapondera’s most recent solo exhibition Chirema Chine Mazano Chinotamba Chakazendama Madziro Part Two is currently on show at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. (06 .02 .20 – 07 .03 .20)

Mapondera will take part in the 2020 Art Dubai artist in residence programme culminating in a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at the upcoming 14th edition of Art Dubai in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. (25 .03 .20 – 28 .03 .20)

Mapondera’s work will also form part of SMAC Gallery’s upcoming presentation at Art Brussels in Belgium. (23 .04 .20 – 26 .04 .20)

Mapondera’s work is currently included in Matereality, a group exhibition at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. (14. 02. 20 – 16. 02. 20)

Rebecca Anne Proctor | Arab News | Art Dubai 2020: Why the Mideast’s leading art fair is turning to Africa14 December 2019 – PDF

Nkgopoleng Moloi | Mail & Guardian | ‘Five Bhobh’ is a taxi to the end of an era | 23 November 2018 – PDF

Cheri Morris | VISI | ARTISTS WE LOVE: WALLEN MAPONDERA | 13 March 2018 – PDF

Stephen Garan’anga | The Herald | Artists light up Gallery Delta | 24 June 2016 – PDF