Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe in 1993 and later lived in South Africa between the ages of nine and seventeen. Hwami now lives and works in the UK, and is known for her very personal paintings depicting life in South Africa. Hwami gained her BA in Fine Art with the Wimbledon College of Arts in 2016, and then an MA of Fine Arts with Oxford University in 2021.
Exploring geographical displacement, Hwami melds together the past and the present through piecing together different fragments of people and place. Hwami places both herself and members of her family within her paintings, as well as offering powerful nudes highlighting the black body and it’s representation in art, along with gender and sexuality. Mixed media is used in production, with Hwami confidently using collage, photography, oil paint, pastels and silk screen in her works.
I particularly enjoy Hwami’s bold use of colour and contrast in her work. The paintings are very eye catching, especially with the added collage and additional elements, the eye is drawn across to different places on the canvas, carefully inspecting and unpinning all of the different elements making up this personal portrayal of South African life.