Moffat Takadiwa was born in Karoi , Zimbabwe in 1983 and lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe and represents the “born free” (post-independence) generation of Zimbabwean artists. He trained at Harare Polytechnic Fine Arts Department and has been practising professionally since 2006.
Takadiwa is perhaps one of the most geographically widely exhibited and collected of the “born free” (post-independence) generation of artists in Zimbabwe. Having exhibited in all the major institutions in Zimbabwe including the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare and Bulawayo over the past several years he has been steadily engaging international attention, with exhibitions in Bangkok, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, London, Berlin and Johannes burg.
He is one of the founders and former co-director (2010-2013) of First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe's first independent international, emerging contemporary artist run gallery and educational space.
Takadiwa practice over the past several years evolved to elevate and abstract found object practice to engage with issues of cultural identity, spirituality as well as social practice and the environment. Some of his important body of work today, is Africa Unreachable (Try Asia), speaks potently to the cultural dominance exercised by consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa. While charging our attention visually with unmistakeably African installations, these object paintings, serve equally to sensitise us to excess and despair implicit in our daily usages. To some extend Takadiwa’s work is a package of oral evidence which celebrate Zimbabwe’s resilience in times of tribulations.
Takadiwa represented First Floor Gallery Harare at the Kustvlaai Festival of Independents in Amsterdam, 2012 and represented First Floor Gallery Harare at the inaugural edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art in London in October 2013 and the 2nd edition of 2014.
Art Education: 2006 – 2008 Diploma in Fine Art, Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe
2015-February, Cape town Art Fair 2015,Cape Town. South Africa.
2014-December, National Gallery of Zimbabwe Annual Show, Harare. Zimbabwe
2014 Project 1:54, 2nd edition contemporary African Art Fair London. UK.
2014 BrandNew Second Hand, group shows Vigo Gallery. London .UK.
2014 FNB Jo’burg Art Fair 2014, Johannesburg. South Africa.
2014 Warp & Woof, The Hole. New York.USA.
2014 Meet the artist project, Chinembiri studio studio, Harare. Zimbabwe.
2013 Project 1; 54,contemporary African Art Fair London. Britain
2013 Good News exhibition, New University. Lisbon. Portugal.
2013 ‘NO LIMITS’ competition and exhibition HIFA 2013, Harare
2013 Chiso – Face Collaborative Exhibition, First Floor Gallery Harare.
2012 Harare Haarare! Collaborative Exhibition, First Floor Gallery.
2012 Inexactly This. Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents 2012, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2012 Wars/Karas – Octopus Projects group show, Riga, Latvia.
2012 Africa Not Reachable! Solo Show First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe.
2012 Berliner Lister Art Fair 2012, Berlin. Germany.
2012 Jo’burg Fringe represented by F.F.Gallery Harare, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2012 A Tale of Two Cities, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare/Bulawayo
2012 Family, Tradition and Religion, Group exhibition, Gallery Delta.
2011 Still life exhibition, Delta Gallery, Zimbabwe.
2011 Harare beyond Words, Gallery H, Bangkok. Thailand.
2011 Mbare Kutapira (Sweet Mare) – First Floor Gallery Harare/ Chinembiri Studios.
2011 Harare Paris, Pavé d’Orsay, Paris, France
2011 Harare International Festival of Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
2011 Rangu Izwi, First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe.
2010 First Steps, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.
2010 Facet – Zimbabwe Now Art Competition and Exhibition, Delta Gallery, Zimbabwe.
2010 Avignon University group show, Avignon, France.
2010 Live and Direct exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
2010 Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2009 Peace through Unity in Diversity, (European Commission exhibition), Gallery Delta
2009 Walls, Berlin Wall anniversary exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2008 Cottco Exhibition and prize, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
2008 Enriching Woman, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2007 Young Artist Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
2012 Award of attendance, Zimbabwe Olympic committee
2010 Award of merit, Peace through unity exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.
2010 Special Mention Prize, Facet Zimbabwe Now exhibition, Delta Gallery,Zimbabwe.
2009 2nd prize Walls, Special Mentions, Peace through Unity Exhibition Delta, Harare,
2008 Award of Merit, Cottco Exhibition and prize, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
2008 Special prize, Enriching Woman, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe