Kufa Makwavarara (1983 – )

Artwork by Kufa Makwavarara

Kufa Makwavarara’s talent was first recognised by his teachers at Glen Norah primary school where he was often caught drawing on the school blackboards. Instead of punishing him however, they encouraged him to carry on drawing and throughout his schooling career he won a number of art prizes at both a local and national level.

This budding young artist then went on to study at the Zimbabwean National Gallery’s Visual Art Studio from 2001-2003. Now, with works in both the permanent collection of the Zimbabwe National Gallery, the Delta Gallery (Harare) as well as in the private collection of the Spanish Embassy, Mkwavarara’s blackboard days are far behind him.

Although born and raised in the Glen Norah township in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mkwavarara now resides in Cape Town. He draws inspiration from all that surrounds him, his bright palette and striking use of light melding together to produce vibrant scenes of everyday life.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS Ordinary Level Art A Advanced Level Art A Attended National Gallery Visual Art Studio From 2001-2003

ACHIEVEMENTS 1998- Awarded First Prize (12-14 Years) In The Pritt National Annual Schools Exhibition

1999- Won First Place (Zimbabwe-Africa Region) In The Special Art Contest On “Olympism ,Sports ,Peace” Within The Framework Of The Unesco Associated Schools Project Network.

2000- Awarded Two First Prizes And A Pritt Bursary (15-20years) In The Pritt National Annual Schools Exhibition

2002- Participated In The Colour Africa Exhibition

2003- Did Basic Course In Ceramics. Exhibited In The National Gallery Visual Arts Studio Final Year Student Exhibition

2004- Won Merit Award In Painting Cottco Exhibition, Solo Exhibition At The National Gallery Of Zimbabwe. Nominated For The 4th Nama Award (2004) For Two Dimensional Work Held In 2005

2005- Did Voluntary Art Teaching (Once A Week) At The Mabvuku Roman Catholic Youth Center Under The Auspices Of The French Embassy In Zimbabwe Up To 2008.

2006-Participated In An Exhibition By The Spanish Embassy In Zimbabwe “Don Quixote-An African Perspective”

2006- Won A Consolation Price In An Exhibition By The Royal Netherlands Embassy In Zimbabwe ‘Rembrandt An African Response On His 400th Birthday

2006- Was Commissioned To Do Paintings Of “Franciscus “By The Spanish Embassy In Zimbabwe.

2008- Participated In An Exhibition By The Women Film Makers Of Zimbabwe “Enriching Women” And Was Awarded Special Prize

2008- Participated In An Exhibition By The Canadian Embassy In Zimbabwe “Lets Get Together”

2008- Won Third Prize In Exhibition By The Embassy Of Switzerland In Zimbabwe, Post Election Selection 2008”The Events And Lessons Learned”

2009- Won First Prize In An Exhibition By The Embassy Of Germany In Zimbabwe “Walls”

2010- Participated In An Exhibition By The Gallery Delta In Zimbabwe “Roots”

2011- Participated In Hifa 2011

2012-Won Second Price In An Exhibition By The E.U Delegation To Zimbabwe “Traditional, Family And Religion

2013-Participated In An Exhibition Sponsored By The European Union Delegation To The Republic Of Zimbabwe “From Sound To Form”

2013- Participated In An Exhibition By Gallery Delta In Zimbabwe “Summer Exhibition”

2014/2015- Participated In An Exhibition By Ebony Gallery In Cape Town “Emergence