Kudzanai Chiurai
Zimbabwean, born 1981
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Kudzanai Chiurai: Madness and Civilization,
Goodman Gallery
2017
Kudzanai Chiurai: We Live in Silence,
Goodman Gallery
2014
Kudzanai Chiurai "Iyeza, State of The Nation",
Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE) and MARTE Contemporary (MARTE-C)

In his barbed, theatrical multimedia compositions, Kudzanai Chiurai tackles the most pertinent issues facing his generation of southern Africans, from government corruption to xenophobia and displacement. An exile from Zimbabwe (after producing an unflattering portrait of Robert Mugabe) and the first black recipient of a BFA from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Chiurai mines the words and images of inner city Johannesburg to produce bold paintings that confront the viewer with explicit messages about black empowerment and urban rejuvenation. He has also made more directly political works, as in his recent “Dying To Be Men” (2009), a series of garish mock portrait photographs of government officials. An increasingly important figure in African art, Chiurai has expanded his activist enterprise to the realms of fashion, publishing, and music.