About Wallen

IMG_1451Wallen Mapondera (born 27/12/1985) is a visual artist who aims through socio-political symbolism of animals, and their disposition to explore human form of power structures in which power rests with a small number of people. To present his case, the visual templates he uses suggests human characteristics for animals or inanimate things as well as relating to, or being a deity conceived of in animal form or with animal attributes. The pleasant and beneficial in nature or influential power of animals to teach, question and affirm us is explored in our daily relationships with them. He juggle sensitive current theme such as the absolute power lust of human beings over their kin and also over animal beings. African cultural psychology in relation to animals is also a dominant thread that weaves these ideas together.

The exploration of this theme possesses another advocacy twist to it as he highlights the tastelessly showy, cheap and shoddy abuse of animals by human beings in our society. We are exposing human folly through the act of deriding or treating these animals with contempt.

He is a full time artist who lives and works in Zimbabwe, he have exhibited his work in some parts of Europe and America and has collections in Spain and Germany.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

  • SOCIAL ZOOMETRY, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe(2014)
  •  ANI-MAN (a human in an animal), Association for Visual Arts Gallery (A.V.A), Cape Town, South Africa(2013)
  • TURNING TABLES, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont, U.S.A(2012)

GROUP SHOWS
  2013

  • Terra, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Re-definitions 5, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Annual Summer Exhibition, Gallery Deita, Harare
  • Select Collection, Gallery Delta, Harare

       2012

  • Contenders, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Past and Present-A Retrospective Insight, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • A Tribute to Kazantzakis- The African Dream Fulfilled, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, S.A
  • Between the Sheets, Gallery East, North Fremantle, Western Australia.

2011

  • Still life objects, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Color Africa, Munich, Germany
  • Beyond borders, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Graphics exhibition,DAI month of printing, Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Norton.

2010

  • Graphics exhibition, Dzimbanhete Gallery, Norton.
  • Live ‘n’ Direct, an exhibition and competition sponsored by Culture Fund and Kingdom Bank, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • African Expressions, DeAvignon University, France

2009

  • F.A.C.T COTCO, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the cotton company of Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Unity, , An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the European Embassy, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • African House, Germany
  • Ani-mal exhibition, VEO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 16th Annual exhibition, Verandah Gallery, Harare

2008

  • COTCO exhibition, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the cotton company of     Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe , Harare
  • The Young artist Exhibition and Competition, sponsored by HIVOS Foundation, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Miniature Exhibition 2008, VEO Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Salon 91 Art Exhibition, Salon 91, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Enriching Women, an exhibition and art competition for the International Women’s Film     Festival, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Onai (Do You See When You Look) A Three Man Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare, Mutare
  • Post Election Selection, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the Embassy of Spain, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Africa University Annual Festival of Art and Culture: an exhibition of Paintings and Graphics, National    Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mutare.

2007

  • The Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Peace Through Unity and Diversity, an exhibition and competition sponsored by the European Commission, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • The Sixth Sense, an exhibition of paintings and graphics, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mutare.
  • Drawings and Graphics: An Overview, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • “Edible Mapepa” An exhibition of art pieces from handmade paper, National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Mazuva Ose (Everyday) A dual exhibition at the end of the residency program, sponsored by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Zimbabwean change, St Bavo Church, Netherlands
  • Alliance Francaise Annual Exhibition, Maputo, Mozambique

2006

  • HIFA ( Hand in Hand ) exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare 
  • Our Thoughts, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare, Mutare. (Dual Exhibition)
  • Rembrandt: An African Response, an exhibition and art competition sponsored by Embassy of Netherlands, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Manicaland Visual Arts and Craft Association (MANISA) Annual Exhibition and Competition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mutare.
  • Final Year Exhibition, An exhibition and competition sponsored by The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

1998

  • Why Use Agro Chemicals? An art competition sponsored by The Agro Chemicals Company of Zimbabwe, University Of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

    2010

  • 1st Prize in drawing and graphics category, FACET Zimbabwe Now, an art exhibition and competition sponsored by the Germany Embassy, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • Special mention in the multi-media category, FACET Zimbabwe Now, an art exhibition and competition sponsored by the Germany Embassy, Gallery Delta, Harare.
  • National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee
  • Overall award for drawing, Artists in stream exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

    2009

  • Overall award, F.A.C.T COTCO, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the cotton company of Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • 2nd prize, Unity, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the European Embassy, Gallery Delta, Harare

    2008

  • Award of Merit, Enriching Woman, An art exhibition and competition for the International Women’s Film Festival, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • Award of Merit, Post Election Selection, An art exhibition and competition sponsored by the Embassy of Spain, Gallery Delta, Harare
  • 2nd Prize, The Young Artist Exhibition and Competition sponsored by the HIVOS Foundation, Gallery Delta, Harare

    2006

  • Award of Merit, Painting Category, final year student’s exhibition and competition sponsored by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Award of Merit, Graphics Category, Final year student’s exhibition and competition sponsored by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

    1998

  • 1st Prize, Why Use Agro chemicals, An art competition sponsored by The Agro Chemicals, Zimbabwe, University of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare

COMMISSIONS

      2011

  • Mural, HIFA workshop, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

2009

  • Cover book painting for weaver press “Defying The Winds Of Change”

2008

  • One of the panel of Judges for an art competition entitled Life is a journey, Keep it Safe, sponsored by the International Organization of Migration (I.O.M) promoting safe migration. National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Painting which was used in a cheque book for the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (C.B.Z), Arendale, Harare

     2006

  • Mural Paintings and Decorations, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

   WORKSHOPS

2012

  •    Resident artist, Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, United States of America
  •   Thupelo Workshop, Wellington, Capetown, South Africa   

 

2009

  • Good Hope Arts Studios mentorship workshop, Cape Town, South Africa

2008

  • Edible Mapepa, A workshop of making and manipulating handmade paper into an art work, Mapepa Industries, Harare

2007

  • Young Artists Workshop, Gallery Delta, Harare

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

  • A multi-media drawing titled “Rega Zvipore (Let It Cool)”, A permanent collection of the Mayor of Kelserbach, Germany
  • Painting titled- “29 March 2008 Elections”, A permanent collection of The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe

 

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