Charles Bhebe | Zimbabwe
“I have a strong interest in human interaction in urban environment- streetwalkers, touts, obscure characters, men and women inhabiting urban spaces. I call my paintings ‘urban narratives’”
Charles Bhebe was born in Lupane, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Bulawayo. He studied fine art at Mzilikazi Art and Craft center .
His two-dimensional works explore the human figure as an individual and as part of a community, focusing on the issues of identity and belonging; spaces we occupy, the information we receive and share, who we associate with, our response to changes around us, be it by design or by natural causes.
Bhebe’s works explore the social beliefs inherent to the human need to belong, they recount decades of continuous physical and psychological evolution as a human condition motivated not by just the need to survive, but also the need to justify our existence in relation to our surroundings.
His works have been featured in galleries across Zimbabwe, National Art gallery of Zimbabwe and represented his country at the 57th Venice Biennale at the Zimbabwe Pavilion. Bhebe participated in numerous group exhibitions in Meerbusch, Germany, and at the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town. He also embarked on large scale mural projects with the Farbfieber Artists association in Düsseldorf, Germany, where 10 large scale Murals were realized in collaboration with artists from Latin America and Europe.
African Identities, Group exhibition, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy
Art Dubai 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Rhythmic Elements, Group exhibition curated by Tafadzwa Gwetai, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy
Essence of Now, Copenhagen, Denmark
Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
57th Venice Biennale, Zimbabwe Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Zimbabwe Annual Exhibition, Harare, Zimbabwe
Reciprocal Narratives About Home, National Gallery in Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Live n’Direct, Harare, Zimbabwe
Symphony II, Solo exhibition, Meerbusch, Germany
Symphony I, Solo Exhibition, National Gallery in Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Back to Basics, Teloy-Muhle Lank, Germany
Kunst Grenzlos, Meerbusch, Germany
Solo Exhibition, Minden, Germany
Images and Words, Solo exhibition, Meerbusch, Germany
First Biennale Heritage Exhibition, Harare, Zimbabwe
40 Grad Festival, Holthausen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Weltbaustelle, Siegen, Germany
Universität Greifswald, Germany
Eine Welt Haus, Rostock, Germany
Mural Mobile, “No Condition Is Permanent”, Düsseldorf, Germany
Vodafone Parkhaus Landtag, Düsseldorf, Germany
Eine Welt Haus, Munich, Germany
Gladbeck Butendorf, Germany
Amakhosi Theatre, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Kaufhaus Hagemeyer, Minden, Germany
Haus der Jugend , Düsseldorf, Germany