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 Lot no. 02
 donated by
 the artist  Title: Kumafaro (Happy Place)
 Size: 180 x 130cm
 Medium: Oil on canvas

 Born in Harare in 1989, Richie Madyira studied at the National
 Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studio, where he graduated in 2007
 with a Diploma in Fine Arts.

 In Madyira’s recollection of childhood, he recalls how conflicts would
 arise in his family due to religious disputes against traditional rituals.
 This has affected his perception of faith and religion and is often
 emphasised in his artworks. The colour selections in Madyira’s works
 don’t fully represent the real world, but are surprising and often
 juxtaposed in order to form an ironic harmony. These ‘undecided’
 colours are often used to depict the internal conflict one encounters
 when practicing religion without self-evaluation and purpose.

 Madyira’s paintings are predominantly figurative, character studies
 rather than portraits: his figures and subjects appearing against
 imaginary, idealised and brightly coloured backgrounds. His work is
 rooted in his lived experience. He tackles themes such as the living
 conditions in the poorest communities, the hardships he experienced
 as a child, and subsequently as an immigrant in South Africa, in his
 visual storytelling.

 Madyira currently resides in Cape Town where he works as a full-
 time artist.
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