Dubbed an emerging artist by the leading art magazine, Frieze, the painter and muralist Charles Nkomo was born in 1974, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He studied fine art at the famous Mzilikazi Art and Craft Centre and held the prestigious post of resident artist at the National Gallery, Bulawayo.
Immersed in the traditions of craft and fine art, Nkomo worked with the American pottery artist Jeff Blandford on a special project in Saugatuck, Michigan making collaborative work over a period of four weeks. Nkomo’s work combines abstract areas of bright deep colour and gestural scenes of people, animals and villages, an admixture that he describes as “lyrical.” He was honored along with the artist Khumbulani Mpofu in a two man exhibit, National Gallery, Harare. A solo show took place at the Hyatt, and the artist has also participated in a number of group exhibitions such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts Exhibition; Visual Artists' Association of Bulawayo, First prize, 2001; and NSA Gallery, Durban. We are delighted to present work by this important artist whose collaborative spirit and unique vision of African visuality stands out.