Born 1987 in Rusape, Zimbabwe. Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied art from 2005 till 2007 at the “National Gallery Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studios”. At 30, Wycliffe is already a veteran painter in the emerging contemporary art scene in Harare. Having begun painting at the age of 15, Wycliffe sees painting not only as his first love but also as a life long passion and vocation…
Wycliffe Mundopa is almost undoubtedly the most passionate and committed painters of the lives of women and children in Harare’s underprivileged neighbourhoods. His works speak out with passion at anger, cynicism and compassion and most of all with relentless commitment to acknowledge those too often swept under the carpet by society. Described as a poet of Zimbabwe’s woman and children, he sees the dreams in the nightmares in his brutally, but lovingly razor sharp paintings.
His work also becomes an opportunity to see how painfully and vibrantly women’s lives reflect the conflicts of tradition and change of life in contemporary life in Zimbabwe, from the clash of moral codes to the economic strain, which makes children into adults too soon. He presents cultural and social taboos without adornment or judgment – the mothers, the prostitutes, the caregivers, the breadwinners, the beautiful and the ugly, the selfish and the greedy.
He is deeply conscious of and committed to his culture and his people and the importance of speaking the truth of his time and his place, without making compromises to achieve short-term commercial gains.
His exceptional skill as a draftsman brings a masterful ease to his paintings, as well as stencil collages and spray-paint drawing/painting. It has also won him acclaim and popularity with both collectors and critics. His works are collected and exhibited as far wide as Hong Kong, Kenya, Australia, France, UK, Germany and The Netherlands, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.