KUFA MAKWAVARA (1983 -) Kufa Makwavara became interested in art from an early age and was encouraged by teachers to pursue it as a career. Inspired by nature, current events, personal experiences, religion and the different cultures he comes into contact with, his paintings are varied and diverse. Makwavara’s work is satirical and he uses caricatures, paraphernalia, iconology and traditional symbols to make political commentary and highlight the impact citizens face as a result of politics. Makwavara was born and raised in the Glen Norah township in Harare, Zimbabwe. He completed his studies at the Zimbabwean National Gallery’s Visual Art Studio in 2003 and is currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2009 he participated in an exhibition sponsored by the Embassy of Germany in Zimbabwe, winning first prize for the painting Tarisiro (Looking Forward To). Through the years Makwavara has participated in a number of group exhibitions with the most recent being through Artco Gallery at the AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France (2019) and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (2020). Artworks of his are included in the permanent collection of the Zimbabwe National Gallery and appear in private and corporate collections globally.