Terrence Musekiwa - New Now London Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Born in 1990 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Terrence Musekiwa approaches art from a uniquely privileged background. Born into a family of well-established stone sculptors, he began carving at the age of five through watching his father wield his chaise and hammer. That is, one could say that at the age of twenty-four, Musekiwa already claims some nineteen years of experience, which explains his unique confidence and skill. Unlike many stone-sculptors of earlier generations, Musekiwa tears down the conceptual wall between traditional carving and contemporary art. His work begins with traditional stone carving methods, but it is brought to the fore of contemporary Zimbabwe with its pungent and satirical commentary, which focuses on religion, history, tradition, and daily turmoil. Embedded within the stone are multifarious conversations and struggles. His use of chains, glass, wood, cloth, plastic, and resin is intended just as much to challenge tradition, as it is to confront aesthetic and ideological preconceptions. The present work was created at the Africa First Residency in 2016.


    Musekiwa graduated from The School of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2013. Since then, his works have been exhibited and acquired internationally. Among Musekiwa's most important exhibitions feature Zig Zag Boundaries, at the National Gallery Zimbabwe & Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York in 2016, Istanbul International Art Fair in 2015; Fearless Whispers, KooVha Creative Hub, Harare; and Young Zimbabwean, Gallery H, Bangkok, Harare Paris, Pave d'Orsay, Paris, Bukira (Fresh Growth), Mujati, Musekiwa, Dzingai, First Floor Gallery, Harare, all in 2011. Musekiwa is the recipient of the Peace of Art Prize 2011 from the Zimbabwe German Society. In 2015, he was selected for the Catinga Tabacaru's Gallery Residency Program, in Zimbabwe. A resident of Harare, Musekiwa was most recently selected as one four artists to represent Zimbabwe at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia opening in April of this year.

    • Provenance

      Tiroche DeLeon Collection & ST-ART Residency Program, Israel
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Tel Aviv, The Red House, Distanced, 10 December 2016



Foreign Spirits #1

signed and dated 'T MUSEKIWA 16' on the reverse
stone, metal, found objects and oil on burlap
138 x 59.5 x 14 cm (54 3/8 x 23 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2016.

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£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £4,410

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London Auction 28 April 2022