Kudzanai-Violet Hwami portrait

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

Patchwork glimpses of memory, colour and culture.

“I don’t think in a linear way – I have images and random words running through my mind.”

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami paints colourful portraits full of energy and life. She draws from her experiences living between multiple places – Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK. Family photographs and found images tend to be her starting point. Hwami then paints these into abstract backdrops and domestic scenes. Crucially, she separates the figures from their original context – a symbol of displacement...

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Kudzanai-Violet Hwami (she/her) was born in 1993 in Gutu, Zimbabwe, and now lives and works in London, UK.

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At 26 years old, Hwami became the youngest artist to ever show at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Her work referenced the poem Soko Risina Musoro (The Tale Without a Head) by Herbert Chitepo. “I was struck by the poem’s emphasis on a land that has lost faith, resulting in a spiritual drought.”


A 2019 exhibition at London’s Gasworks referenced the distance between Zimbabwe and the UK – (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1. The show symbolised “the distance between places and people geographically, but also psychologically.” She’s also exhibited at major institutions across the world.

Collaborations with Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

Avant Arte and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami have one upcoming collaboration.