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Portia Zvavahera

Born in 1985, Harare, Zimbabwe

Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe


Portia Zvavahera combines loose, gestural and expressive brushwork with detailed, decorative textile-like patterns – formed from precise mark-making and printmaking techniques – to create rich, patchwork quilt paintings, rendered in large scale. From a Western perspective, Zvavahera’s paintings may appear to be Klimt-like in their composition and scale, yet the artist’s visual language and references are distinctly rooted in her homeland of Zimbabwe. The works are like dreamscapes, abundant wit...Read more