Tafadzwa Gwetai | Zimbabwe

“Throughout history, mankind has always battled with ideas of identity and purpose. This constant search has resulted in revolutions that have marked the end of eras and give rise to new futures. Change is inevitable.”

Tafadzwa Gwetai is a Zimbabwean visual artist, painter, sculptor, and curator who works in oil paint, mixed media, and found objects.
He holds a BTech; Creative Art & Design (Hons) Degree from the University of Chihnoyi, Zimbabwe.

Gwetai explores the human condition and how mankind has redefined themselves and their basic existence. Fundamentally grounded in existentialist philosophy, addressing both his African roots and western knowledge, Gwetai accounts western thinkers such as Socrates, Plato and Rene Descartes who challenged the meaning of authority and questioned how and why mankind exists, alongside African ideals of Ubuntu/ Unhu and African scholars and cultural thinkers such as Franz Fanon.

Gwetai has a constant play with the idea of the traditional and modern identity versus an untapped spiritual realm. The notion of spiritualism being deeply entrenched in the African experience and his awareness of the impact of colonisation and the transatlantic enslavement to the social and cultural landscape of our society today.

Gwetai has been actively involved in art since 2001 and has participated in various local and international exhibitions in Australia, Germany, and South Africa. Most recently in 2015, Tafadzwa has worked as Assistant Curator to Raphael Chikukwa in the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, remaining in the city and working daily at the exhibition, entitled ‘Pixels of Ubuntu/Unhu; Exploring The Social And Cultural Identities Of The 21st Century’, engaging with visitors from all over the globe and blogging about his experiences with them and the artwork on display.

Tafadzwa Gwetai | Zimbabwe

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Selected solo exhibitions:

2014
Con Artist, The Purpose Of Illusion, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2013
Counting People, Art Eye Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012
Aesthetic Codes: When Science Meets Art, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2010
The Incredible Discovery of Professor T. Gwetai, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2007
Laying Down of Thoughts, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2001
Blind Rise (National Gallery, Bulawayo)

Selected group exhibitions:
2015
Contemporary African Art Exhibition, October 2015, Chelsea Town Hall Library Gallery, London

2012
Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Between the Sheets Artists Books, Gallery East, Australia
The spirit of friendship, An exhibition by the Spanish Embassy

2011
Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Freedom Revisited- European Union, Gallery Delta, Harare
Art Zimbabwe Today, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Still life objects, Gallery Delta, Harare
Spirit Level, Empire Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2010
Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Stanbic Bank Meeting Point, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
FACET Zimbabwe Now, competition and exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2009
22nd Annual VAAB group exhibition, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Healing Through Art by Jezanna Art Exhibition, Bulawayo Theatre, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Harare International Festival of the Arts Fine Art exhibition, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe
Harare International Festival of the Arts Commissioning for SKY WORKS, Harare, Zimbabwe
From Confrontation to Reconciliation, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Unity Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Walls Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2008
Let’s Get Together- Art competition consisting of paintings and graphics sponsored by Alliance Francais and the Embassies of Canada, Switzerland and France, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Discovering Our Identity- Annual Intwasa Arts Festival, Visual Arts, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2007
The Young Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
The Small Works Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
Paintings and Sculptures Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

2002
Transmission International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Manchester, England, curated by Raphael Chikukwa
Group exhibition, 16th Annual Visual Arts Association in Bulawayo Exhibition National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Entitled ‘Private Positions’, a young artists exhibition of recent works, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

2001
Entitled ‘Africa Exhibit’, Liebenweintuurm Burghausen, Germany

1999
Visual Artists Association of Bulawayo Group exhibition, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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    Millennial influencer 2, 2021, collage and Oil Paint, cm 120 x 65
    Millennial influencer 3, 2021, collage and Oil Paint, cm 120 x 65

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