Richard Mudariki shows at Sanlam Art Lounge

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Richard Mudariki, “The Puppeteer”, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 300 cm
Richard Mudariki, “The Puppeteer”, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 300 cm

This retrospective show of paintings by Richard Mudariki, a rising star in the contemporary art world, is bound to wow and raise some controversy. Sanlam Art Lounge, 11 Alice Lane, Sandton

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Paintings by Richard Mudariki, at the Sanlam Art Lounge, Sandton


25 July – 9 September 2017
Daily 12:00 – 16:30
Saturdays 10:00 – 13:00

Richard Mudariki is one of SA’s rising stars in the contemporary art world. This retrospective exhibition drawn from private and corporate collections, presents a unique opportunity to assess the development of Mudariki’s painting over time and to view new paintings produced exclusively for this exhibition.

Richard Mudariki, “Illusions of Freedom”, acrylic on canvas, 150x 150 cm
Richard Mudariki, “Illusions of Freedom”, acrylic on canvas, 150x 150 cm

Representative of a growing impetus towards figuration and social comment in South African painting his works been avidly collected in South Africa and are starting to attract attention in the United States the United Kingdom and Europe.

On the subject of his art, critic and art historian Lloyd Pollack writes, “Mudariki’s art is issue-driven: it addresses the violation of animal and human rights, corporate greed, gender stereotyping, censorship and rape inter alia. although such subject matter smacks of shrill, soap-box preachiness, the mise-en-scene proves so visually arresting that any specific political message becomes subsumed in a spectacular breughelesque pageant of infamy and transgression.”

Richard Mudariki, “History of African Art in South Africa”, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm
Richard Mudariki, “History of African Art in South Africa”, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Mudariki takes on the issues we are confronted with on a daily basis in the media and presents these reinterpreted in beautifully crafted narrative paintings which despite their sometimes grim contents provide one with the opportunity to ponder yet delight in his ability to render this subject matter in an aesthetically engaging style and approach.

Born in 1985 in Harare Zimbabwe, Mudariki started drawing at young age and by his teens his interest in making art led him to make contact with artists and teachers at Gallery Delta. He was astutely advised and he has succeeded in building a career in art ever since. His immigration to South Africa in 2010 provided him with opportunities and support to launch a full-time career painting. He exhibits regularly in Cape Town and is showcased at art fairs in South Africa, United States and Europe.

Richard Mudariki, “Signs of the Times”, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 160 cm
Richard Mudariki, “Signs of the Times”, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 160 cm

The exhibition can be viewed at the Sanlam Art Lounge, 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg from 15 July – 9 September 2017. Viewing time are Monday to Friday 12:00 – 16:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 13:00. Other times by appointment. Entry is free of charge.

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