Manyaku Mashilo South African, b. 1991

Manyaku Mashilo was born in 1991 in Limpopo, South Africa and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Mashilo is a self taught multidisciplinary artist who creates mixed media paintings. Dedicated to the act of cherishing lineage, Manyaku Mashilo creates otherworldly re-imaginings with precise linework. The portraits capture the self, representing a black, queer community cloaked, clothed and bathed in celestial cartographies. The enmeshed figures perform a multiplication of mappings piecing together dimensions of time, place and space, offering the land and the body as the source of a complex question of spiritual identity. Mashilo will present a solo presentation at Bonne Esperance Gallery in Paris, France in 2021. Mashilo’s work will also be included in 99 Loop Gallery’s group presentation at the 2022 Investec Cape Town Art Fair. In 2020 Mashilo’s work was included in notable group shows The Medium is the Message curated by Azu Nwagbogu at Unit London in London, UK, as well as Liminality in Infinite Space at the African Artists Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. Both the exhibitions spotlighting artists that form part of the new vanguard in the field of contemporary African figuration.Mashilo’s work was also included in the 2020 Prizm Art Fair titled NOIR, NOIR: Meditations on African Cinema and its influence on Visual Art curated by Mikhaile Solomon and William Cordova in Miami, USA.