‘IT IS WHAT IT IS’ – ZEMBA LUZAMBA, 01 OCT – 02 NOV 2015

A painter, Zemba deploys realist modes to striking, sometimes graphic effect. Thematically, many of his works engage with the experiences of migrant communities. Initially, these dealt predominantly with chronicling hardships, from illicit border crossings to harsh work and living conditions. His focus has shifted towards representing leisure spaces, capturing migrants in pool halls, gambling dens, as well as on the golf course and tennis court. As an acute observer of people and a skilful artist, Zemba has produced many memorable images of mundane, everyday events such as figures smoking, dressing, even at the urinal.

Apart from his everyday scenes, Zemba has produced images that reflect on Congolese history, referencing political figures such as Patrice Lumumba and Mobutu Sese Seko. However, one of his most enigmatic qualities is that, despite the vividness of individual images, the viewer is often not certain whether the subject is located in the Congo, South Africa or elsewhere. Similarly, it is not always clear whether one is observing a historical or contemporary event. This non-specificity introduces an ambivalence that is open-ended, signaling a departure from the didacticism that is commonly associated with realist painting.

– Mario Pissarra, 2015, In Print/In Focus. Cape Town: ASAI Publications

Works on Exhibition

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Luzamba-Zemba-Forefront-2020-Oil-On-Canvas-140x160-web

Forefront (SOLD)

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Zemba-Luzamba,-Munkoyo,-Oil-on-Canvas,-80cm-x-120cm,-2020-WEB

Munkoyo

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Luzamba Zemba A Blacknisation, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, 70x100

A Blacknisation

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Luzamba Zemba Men In Black, Oil On Canvas, 2019, 100x70

Men In Black

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Luzamba-Zemba-Quatre-2019-Oil-On-Canvas-129x129

Quatre

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Luzamba Zemba End of the Road, Oil On Canvas, 2019, -, 130x130x-

End of the Road

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Luzamba Zemba Incanca, Oil On Canvas, 2019, -, 100x76x-

Incanca

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Luzamba Zemba The Prince, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 171x103x-

The Prince

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Luzamba Zemba Wonders, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 134x171x-

Wonders

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Luzamba Zemba Wigs, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 130x130x-

Wigs (SOLD)

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Luzamba Zemba Camarades, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 120x130x-

Camarades

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Luzamba Zemba Base, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 130x130x-

Base

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Luzamba Zemba Wakimbizi, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 120x105x-

Wakimbizi

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Luzamba Zemba Guide, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 120x120x-

Guide

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Luzamba Zemba A Prize, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 120x80x-

A Prize

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Luzamba Zemba The Move, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 105x120x-

The Move

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Luzamba Zemba Like Father, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 100x70x-

Like Father

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Luzamba Zemba Piggy Bank, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 90x66x-

Piggy Bank

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Luzamba Zemba Gold Digger, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 70x50x-

Gold Digger

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Luzamba Zemba Winda, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, -, 60x50x-

Winda

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Luzamba Zemba Couple, Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019, 80x70

Couple (SOLD)

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Zemba Luzamba La Colonie 82 x 122cm, 2017

La Colonie

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19. Zemba Luzamba , Signature, 2015. Oil On Canvas, 80 X 120cm (2)

Signature

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Zemba Luzamba Mastermind,65cm x 45cm

Mastermind

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Red Carpet 100 x 150cm Oil on Canvas ZL (Copy)

Red Carpet

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Zemba Luzamba, Scapegoat, Oil on Canvas, 2016, , 100cm x 140cm

Scapegoat

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Natural-520x713

Natural

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Zemba Luzamba Paparazzi,120cm x 88cm

Paparazzi (SOLD)

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Article-15-520x689

Article 15 (SOLD)

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First Lady 110 x 60cm Zemba Luzamba (Copy)

First Lady (SOLD)

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Independence Day 100 x 150cm Oil on Canvas ZL (Copy)

Independence Day

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Man in the Mirror 70 x 92cm Zemba Luzamba copy (Copy)

Man in the Mirror

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Sapologie-520x387

Sapologie (SOLD)