Ruann Coleman | Stretch I | 2017 | Carved Rubber Wood, Steel | 12 x 3 x 26 cm
Ruann Coleman was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014, he obtained a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, prior to which he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the same institution in 2012. Coleman presented his first solo exhibition, Balancing Act, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2014. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, Italy, which culminated in his debut international solo exhibition, titled Found: Rome. Coleman’s work was included in OUT OF CONTEXT at the UJ Art Gallery in Johannesburg in 2015, as well as in The Space Between Maps at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016.
In July 2016, Coleman was selected to take part in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (CSAV) – Artists Research Laboratory at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. Between residencies, he continues to live and work in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Coleman recently presented a solo exhibition, titled Ulterior, as a special project at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Ruann Coleman’s works are included in the Spier Art Collection, South Africa; the MAAM Art Museum’s Collection in Rome, Italy and the Centro Luigi di Sarro’s Collection in Rome, Italy.
Wallen Mapondera | Growing Things | 2016 | Oil on Canvas | 191 x 140 cm
Wallen Mapondera was born in 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He received formal art training from the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design from 2005 to June 2007. In July 2007, he was selected for the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Artist-in-Residence Programme, hosted at the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design Studios in Mbare, Harare. The Residency culminated in his first solo exhibition, titled MAZUVA OZE (Everyday), held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare in 2008. Mapondera has since held multiple solo shows and participated in various local and international art fairs and group exhibitions. In 2015, he was the recipient of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Award – in the Visual Arts two-dimensional work category – given by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievement in arts and culture.
In 2016, Mapondera was a winner of the AIR (Artist-in-Residency) Award Laureate, awarded by the African Centre, and subsequently took up residency at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. The residency was concluded with his solo presentation, titled Paint My Tea Pot, at the Tafaria Castle in Kenya. Earlier solo exhibitions include:Social Zoometry at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe (2014); Ani-Man (a human in an animal) at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery (AVA) in Cape Town, South Africa (2013); and Turning Tables at the Red Mill Gallery in Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA (2012).
Notable group exhibitions include: Nothing Personal at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch and Suddenly A Dissident (Two Man Show) at the Point of Order Gallery in Johannesburg, both in South Africa in 2016; Between the Sheets at Gallery East, North Fremantle in Western Australia in 2012; Colour Africa, Zeitgenössische Kunst Aus Simbabwe, Kulturallmende in Munich, Germany in 2011; as well as African Expressions at the University of Avignon in Avignon, France in 2010. Mapondera also participated in multiple group exhibitions in Zimbabwe, many of them at Gallery Delta in Harare.
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