Epheas Maposa

(Zimbabwe, 1994)

“It was an intimate matter between me and the white page, an urge to release the recurring images in my brain and those constructed and generated by the conversations of people and nature surrounding me in Harare. The energetic sources of a community’s words, fears, and expectations are the main inspiration of my canvases.”

Epheas Maposa was born in Zimbabwe but he lives and works in Harare. Maposa’s work draws on dual painting traditions of Europe and Africa to create an entirely new sensibility, which steps into the visual gap between the two and creates a meticulously detailed imaginary world. The body and the story are central to his work: half-human, half-animal bodies, with very marked lines, evolving in surrealist and baroque style. Drawing on the streets is his primary source of inspiration.

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