Lovemore Kambudzi was born in Seke, Chitungwiza, just outside Harare in Zimbabwe, in 1978. He grew up in Mbare, in inner city Harare, where he excelled at arts at school.
Lovemore attended the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) Visual Arts Studios in Mbare (1996-98), one of twelve students a year selected to study an art foundation course.
In his final year of graduation, he was given an Award of Distinction as a young artist of promise at the 1998 Annual Exhibition at NGZ. He was also ‘discovered’ by Harare’s Gallery Delta, who represented him from 1998 onwards.
Lovemore is known for his pointillist style of painting, where daubs of paint coalesce into large vibrant scenes bringing contemporary Zimbabwe to life. Lovemore has a reputation as a chronicler of the people – as a social critic through his art, he cannot help but enter a political commentary as the economic and political situation in Zimbabwe impacts every sphere of life.
Selected exhibitions and awards:
- ‘Lunar Park’ First Prize, Annual Exhibition, NGZ, Harare, Zimbabwe (2015)
- ‘The Border Post’, First Prize in ‘Migration’ Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (2015)
- ‘Lovemore Kambudzi: I Have Walked Through the Crowds’ published by Ed Cross Fine Art (2012)
- ‘Eye of the People’, Solo Exhibition, Gallery Delta and NGZ, Harare, Zimbabwe (2007)
- Winner, Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award – Prize was an eight-month scholarship in New Zealand (2003)
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