Tsotsi on the Train

Kufa Makwavarara


Oil on Canvas, 2015


100cm x 80cm

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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.


2015       Emergence, EBONY, Cape Town

2014       Flashback, Gallery Delta, Harare

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


2011       Participated In Hifa 2011

2011       Contrasts, Gallery Delta, Harare

Still life/Objects, Gallery Delta, Harare

2010       Roots, Gallery Delta, Harare

Small Works, Gallery Delta, Harare

2008       Let’s Get Together. Gallery Delta, Harare

2007       Peace Through Unity in Diversity, Gallery Delta, Harare

2006      The Spanish Embassy In Zimbabwe

“Don Quixote-An African Perspective”

2006       The Spanish  Embassy In Zimbabwe.

2002     The Colour Africa Exhibition


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

2006   Won A Consolation Price In An Exhibition By The Royal Netherlands

Embassy In Zimbabwe ‘Rembrandt An African Response On His 400th Birthday

2004  Won Merit Award In Painting Cottco Exhibition, Solo Exhibition The National Gallery Of


Nominated For The 4th Nama Award (2004) For Two Dimensional Work Held In 2005

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

Schools Exhibition

1999   Won First Place (Zimbabwe-Africa Region) In The Special Art Contest  On “Olympian ,Sports

,Peace” Within The Framework Of The Unesco  Associated Schools Project Network.

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



The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Spanish State Collections (Embassies)