Portia Zvavahera was born in 1985 in Juru, Zimbabwe. She lives in Harare (Zimbabwe). She represented Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennale 2013 as part of the exhibition Dudziro: Interrogating the Visions of Religious Beliefs at the Zimbabwean Pavilion, curated by Raphael Chikukwa.
She’s the winner of FNB 2014 Art Prize.
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Portia studied at the BAT Visual Arts Studio under the auspices of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe between 2003 and 2005, after which she obtained a first-class Diploma in Visual Arts from Harare Polytechnic in 2006. Zvavahera held a solo exhibition, Under My Skin, at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, in 2010, and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in that country. She was an artist-in-residence at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, in 2009. In 2013 she was the recipient of the 10th Tollman Award for the Visual Arts.
Portia’s artwork reflects her thought about marriage and birth, parental love, human isolation and social injustice. Her work’re colored textile patterns with dynamic, marked and crude lines. Her language is like a new Southern Africa’s Expressionism. She is represented by Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg.
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