Hloniphani Noah ‘Dialo’ Dube | Zimbabwe

BIO

Hloniphani Noah ‘Dialo’ Dube was born in Bulawayo, August 1982.

He is a Zimbabwean contemporary visual Artist living in an off-grid farmland in the outskirts of Bulawayo. He began his art career at Northlea High School, Bulawayo and furthered his art education at Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Center for two years, completing his studies in 2001 and began to explore the big world of art. 

Dialo began as a resident Artist at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe creating paintings with a drip effect on different subjects. After a couple of years, he decided to travel to other countries to explore more art. After living in Namibia and South Africa experiencing art life in foreign lands, in 2010 decided to go back home to experiment and develop his own artistic style. 

It took him two years to improve his own artistic style called Woven Lines with a debut in Namibia in 2012.  As years progressed, he continued to experiment with different ideas, techniques and art principles which led him developing a more advanced technique he named Dialoism from his nickname ‘Dialo’. The iconography involves use of geometrical shapes, biophilia, patterns & symbols in composing a subject to represent all-natural textures bringing them together in construction to celebrate the power of oneness (Ubuntu) in which all things are connected. The surface represents mother nature. Dialo intricately cuts and creates marks or scars with a blade that represent mankind tempering with her each day, peeling off top layer then drawing back and come again healing these scars with color

Since then, he has continued to celebrate and advance his style further while addressing different subjects. His work has influenced his spiritual orientation with the intention of healing and supplying positive energies to the viewer. In 2016 he founded Siphulwazi Visual Arts Organization whose mission is to help develop and improve the visual art standards of Bulawayo, specifically targeting young grassroots artists. This program has proven a success with ten young graduates in 2018, three of whom are now resident artists at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Selected solo exhibitions
2019
Inside /out, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York City, NY, USA.

2018
Solo project, Miart, Milan, Italy.

2017
I am gonna…you. Till you run., Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, USA

2014
Antipathy, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2013
Galerie 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2010
Variations in the game, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe.

Selected group exhibitions

2018

UNKNOWING KNOWNS / KNOWING UNKNOWNS, UNFINISHED Festival, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania.

Five Bhobh – Painting At the End of an Era, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa.

Dak’Art Biennale, curated by Simon Njami, Dakar, Senegal.

NEW FEELINGS: Transformative Play and Discourse on Photography from a Diasporic Perspective, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (PNCA), Portland, OR, USA.

2017

Afrotopia, Rencontres de Bamako 11th African Biennale of Photography, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Bamako, Mali.

Deconstructing Boundaries: Exploring Ideas of Belonging, Zimbabwean Pavilion, 57th International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Mono|Chrome, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada.

2016

Zig Zag Zim, The National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2015

RomAfrica Film Festival, Rome, Italy.

2014

Down to Earth, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2013

Playing Nature, The Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Special Projects, Moscow, Russia.

Old & new: A Zimbabwean Italian Tale, Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”, Rome, Italy.

3 Man Show, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Select Collection, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2012

Past and Present – A Retrospective Insight, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2011

Islamic International Festival of Art, Gorgan, Iran.

Unleashed: 3 Man Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Color Africa, Munich, Germany.

2010

Harare International Festival of Arts, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Fifth Column, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Modern Art of Zimbabwe, The Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea.

2009

Zimbabwean Contemporary Arts, Dakar, Senegal.

2008

Between in Line, Avignon University, Avignon, France.

2006

Rembrandt: An African Response, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2005

Don Quixote, An African perspective, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2004

Seven Contemporary Young Artist, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Young Artist exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

RESIDENCIES

2019

Kulturkontakt Austria Artists-in-Residence Programme, Vienna, Austria.

2017

Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, USA.

2016

Guns and Rain, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015

CTG: Zimbabwe, CTG Collective in collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Harare, Zimbabwe.

2014

Thami Mnyele Studios, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2012-13

The Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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