Zemba Luzamba

Medium:

Oil Paint and Mixed Media on Canvas, 2019

Dimensions:

60cm x 50cm

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ABOUT ZEMBA LUZAMBA

Congolese painter Zemba Luzamba interrogates and satirizes social and political power structures in Africa. A contemporary realist, Luzamba’s paintings hover on the border of satire, at once appearing to mimic the colonial lifestyle of the post-colonial elites while simultaneously bringing it into question. Is this pure observation, aspiration or critique? 

Although born and raised in the DRC, Luzamba moved to South Africa to pursue his career as an artist and this experience of migration has allowed him an intimate and sympathetic view of migrant communities which has informed many of his works over the past 15 years. 

Situating his subjects in bold fields of colour which disassociate them from concrete spaces and times allows Luzamba to portray certain situations as universal ideas, giving the viewer the freedom to interpret these scenes within a way that is relevant to their own contexts. This combined with his skilful observation of body language emphasizes the immediacy and proximity occupied by the viewer to his work.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017    Deja Vu at the 5th Picha Biennale de Lubumbashi, DR Congo 

2017   ‘In The South – Paintings from 2004-2017’, Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa 

2016   ‘Genesis’, EBONY/CURATED, Franschhoek, South Africa

2015   ‘It is What It Is’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2013   LA SAPE, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2012   LA SAPE, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2005   Hope for Refugees, Rome, Italy

2004   Untitled, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Group Exhibitions

2019   ‘A Smaller Scale’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa 

2019   Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2018   ‘The Summer Exhibition’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2017   “From the Horse’s Mouth’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2016   ‘Beyond Binaries, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa 

2015   ‘That Art Fair’, Cape Town, South Africa 

2015   “In Print/In Focus’, Michealis Galleries, Cape Town, South Africa

2014   ‘Inner Nature’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa 

2014   ‘Emergence’, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2013   Perspectives and Dramascapes with Wycliffe Mundopa, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa 

2013   1:54 Contemporary African Art, Frieze Art Fair, London 

2013   First Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

2011   Art for Africa, Sotheby’s New York, New York City, USA

2008   Hifa, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

2007   ‘Africa South’, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa 

2007   Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa 

2007   Sanlam Gallery, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

2006   Xcape Art Circuit, Voyage: Scalabrini, Cape Town, South Africa 

2006   Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, South Africa

2005   Piacenza, Italy 

2005   Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2003   Xenophobia, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, South Africa

1996   P.E.L.Group of Artists, Lusaka, Zambia

1995   Visual Art Council, Lusaka, Zambia

Collections

Irma Stern Museum, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nandos, London UK

Nandos, South Africa

Scalabrini House, Bassano Del Grappa, Italy

Cultures Inc, California

Museum of Modern Art, Equatorial Guinea

Private Collections in South Africa, Italy and America

Publications

2019   Dress Code: the politics of dress, oppression and self-determination in the works of Zemba Luzamba, Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI), written by Kirsty Cockerill, South Africa

2015   The Guardian Newspaper (25/03), Financial Times, London 

2015   Art Africa, ‘IT IS WHAT IT IS’, Anna Stielau, South Africa 

2015   Cape Times ‘Inexpressive Disutopia’, Danny Shorkend, South Africa 

2010   Mario Pissarra, ‘Zemba Luzamba; Migrant Perspectives’, Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, NYC, USA.

2005   South African Art Diary, South Africa

Documentaries

2018   ‘Zemba Luzamba’, CNN African Voices

2015   ‘Zemba Luzamba’, Directed by Beki Boneni, Uvimba Media