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Meet Wycliffe Mundopa, winner of the 2021 FNB Art Prize

Born in Rusape, Zimbabwe Mundopa now lives and works in Harare. Since the age of 15, Mundopa has dedicated his life to painting. From 2005 to 2007, he attended the National Gallery Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studios.

Committed to bearing witness to the lives of the most vulnerable in his community, his works consistently speak to social and political upheavals of life in urban Zimbabwe. In this context, the lives of women in particular frame his practice and social commentary. “I paint women mainly, not in the literal sense, but as a metaphor reflecting what happens in my society,” he explains. The result is imagery that is audacious and unapologetic, bridging vernacular visual metaphor or Harare street slang with classical genre painting compositions of Dutch masters and post-impressionistic verve in line and colour.