Tafadzwa Masudi (b. 1988) started painting at an early age in Harare while assisting a family friend who introduced him to the visual arts.
In 2010 he moved to South Africa and started working in a clothing factory until 2020 when he was laid off. He saw this as an opportunity to paint full-time and soon his work started featuring in group exhibitions at galleries in Cape Town.
His brightly coloured paintings depict scenes filled with balloons, people and patterns. Observed through the lens of a migrant person existing in a world that is not his own, the works reflect on optimism and the pursuit of a better future.
“The balloons are not just masks of optimism or celebration, they also represent the composed pressure under which some of us are. A balloon can pop any moment, yet it represents happiness and celebration. That balloon is me staying calm under difficult circumstances while chasing the dream of a bright future”.
2021 is proving to be an eventful year with his first solo exhibition and participation in the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg and Art X Lagos in Nigeria lined up.