Wycliffe Mundopa

Harare, Zimbabwe. 1987

Biography

Wycliffe Mundopa (b. 1987, Rusape, Zimbabwe) was raised in the high-density suburbs of Harare, and his art career started in Mbare. He is a firsthand witness to the intimate and informal cultural structures that simultaneously exploit and empower women.

His compositions stand out for a strong female presence, challenging gender stereotypes with nuanced and skillful representations that shed light on the reality of people’s lives in Harare. Mundopa refuses to judge his subjects, presenting them as equals, each treated with the same level of attention and artistic energy.

Mundopa is a passionate advocate for the lives of the most vulnerable. His works consistently address social and political upheavals. Filled with pathos and grandeur, they offer a painful and vibrant insight into how women’s lives reflect conflicts between tradition and change in contemporary Zimbabwean life. An avid student of art history, Mundopa urgently advocates for the importance of portraying the life of his country and contemporaries with the same emotiveness and grandeur as Dutch masters like Rubens and Rembrandt, positioning himself as an heir to that great tradition that Europeans guard jealously.

At a time when there is a renewed push towards exoticization and self-exoticization in African art, Wycliffe Mundopa counteracts with raw honesty and the brutal beauty of his figures. His talent has drawn critical attention and recognition from collectors internationally since his early youth, with works in collections ranging from Norway and Thailand to Cameroon, the U.S., Hong Kong, Nigeria, France, Israel, Australia, Kenya, the Netherlands, as well as South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Solo shows

2021
  • ZVA_nyadza – FNB Art Joburg Prize – Johannesburg Art Gallery Exhibition, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • “What Makes Us” Wycliffe Mundopa 2011 – 2021, First Floor Gallery Harare
2020
  • 1001 Afternoons, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
2019
  • Latitudes Art Fair Solo Presentation, First Floor Gallery Harare

Group shows

2023
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2023, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Jenkins Johnson Gallery at Frieze LA 2023, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
2022
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at African Galleries Now 2022, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at Cape Town Art Fair 2022, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Echo, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
  • EXPRESSION OBSESSION CONNECTION, Braverman Gallery
2021
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at miart 2021, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Africa on my Mind, Ethan Cohen Gallery
  • Mirror Mirror!, First Floor Gallery Harare
2020
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at PRIZM Art Fair 2020, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at FNB Art Joburg 2020, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Showcase Gallery at Alserkal Art Week 2020, Showcase Gallery
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Level | Mosi-oaTunya, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Afrique: Nouvelle Vague, Ethan Cohen Gallery
2019
  • De Buck Gallery at UNTITLED Art, Miami Beach 2019, De Buck Gallery
  • Art Week at Alserkal Avenue, Showcase Gallery
  • Wycliffe Mundopa & Gresham Nyaude: Day & Night, GNYP Gallery
  • Night and Day, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium
2018
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa, Ever Gold [Projects]
  • Next Level, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Cape Town Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare
2017
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at London Art Fair 2017, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • AKAA Art Fair, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Another Antipodes/urban axis, PS Art Space (PSAS)
2016
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at Art16, First Floor Gallery Harare
2015
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at FNB JoburgArtFair 2015, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • FLAUNT: Africa New Wave, Ethan Cohen Gallery
2014
  • First Floor Gallery Harare at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014, First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Harare International Festival of the Arts, First Floor Gallery Harare
2011
  • Jeunes Zimbabweans, Le Pavé d’Orsay