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Artist Profile

Chiurai
Kudzanai

Zimbabwe

Artist Profile

Chiurai
Kudzanai

Zimbabwe

Chiurai was born in 1981 in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, but spent most of his later years in South Africa where he became the first black student to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Pretoria.

He started his career by painting landscapes and portraits until he left his country for South Africa where he developed interest in using art as a form of activism. In 2004, Chiurai went on a self-imposed exile after he received arrest threats following his exhibition of Rau Rau and the Battle of Zimbabwe, two controversial artworks that depicted Robert Mugabe as a demonic figure during the build-up to the 2008 Zimbabwean general election.

In 2012, his short still film Iyeza was screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

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