Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Eve on an apple bottom, 2016, Oil on paper, 200 x 150 cm / 79 x 59 in, Copyright the artist and Tyburn Gallery
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Eve on an apple bottom, 2016, Oil on paper, 200 x 150 cm / 79 x 59 in, Copyright the artist and Tyburn Gallery 

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s bright, irreverent works depict futuristic scenes of African life –utopias replete with creative expression and without borders. Her work is a celebration of Afropunk, LGBTQ, and Internet sub-cultures – cut with Hwami’s sharp political commentary. Having lived in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the UK, Hwami’s empathetic narratives forged around diaspora, displacement, and identity are articulated with an autobiographical touch.
The Black body occupies a central role in her paintings: acting as the vehicle for reflecting on themes of sexuality, gender, spirituality, memory, and childhood. Hwami holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wimbledon College of Arts, London (2016). In the same year she was awarded the Clyde & Co Award and the Young Achiever of the Year Award, Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards. Her work was recently included in Dis(colour)ed Margins at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2017), and her first solo exhibition at Tyburn Gallery, London opens in September 2017.