Makiwa Mutomba was born in 1976 in Zimbabwe. He attended various urban schools around the country until University level. However, in 1999, when he had completed 3 years of University studies in Electronic Engineering, Makiwa abandoned his studies to follow his dream of becoming an artist. Now based in South Africa, he has exhibited at numerous art galleries in South Africa, Germany, London, France, India and USA. In 2009, Woolworths South Africa chose one of his colourful beach scenes for their carrier bags, which were distributed across the country. Also in the same year Makiwa won an award for painting at the SNBA (Societie Nationale Des Beaux-Arts) , an international annual exhibition held at the Carrousel Du Louvre, in Paris, France.
Social Synergy, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery
The Nude - St Lorient Gallery of Fashion and Art- Pretoria
Let the children play - a solo exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Solo Exhibition, Women, ArtSPACE Durban
What Texas Means To Me Awards Show, Austin Art Spaces, Texas, USA
A Little Piece of Africa, Manor Gallery, Johannesburg.
Recent Works By Makiwa Mutomba, Sandy Esau and Walter Zand, Cape gallery, Cape Town
7th Annual Black Like Us Exhibition, Manor Gallery, Johannesburg
Artists Camp, Hyderabad, India
Solo Exhibition- Andhra Pradesh, Miniature paintings from India. KZNSA gallery, Durban
Solo Exhibition- The Color Orange, Kotze Kunsgallery, Bloemfontein
Solo Art Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
Group Exhibition, ArtSPACE BERLIN, Germany
Collective Exhibition, Camden Art Gallery, London
Collective Exhibition, Hendaye, France
Societe Nationale Des Beaux Arts (SNBA) Salon. Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris, France
Featured Artist- Norscot Manor Gallery, Johannesburg
Group Exhibition, Wildlands Art for Conservation, Durban
Group Exhibition- Wildlands Art for Conservation, The Lindsay Gallery, Durban
Solo Exhibition- A Celebration of Life, Association of Visual Artists, Cape Town
Solo Exhibition- Heads, Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts, Durban
Solo Exhibition- “Paintings By Makiwa Mutomba” Artspaceberlin , Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition “Together We Are One” A . Etchings etc... Durban
Annual miniatures Exhibition, Johan Smith Art Gallery, Clarens.
Solo exhibition- Portraits and figures, Artspace Durban in collaboration with The Art Room, Umhlanga.
Group Exhibition- Black Like Us, The Watercolor Society of South Africa, Johannesburg
Solo Exhibition- Miniature Oils, The African Easel Art Gallery, Kasane, Botswana
Works on Paper, Gallery Delta, Harare
(Sold out 20 miniature paintings which were part of this group show)
Solo Exhibition- Miniature Oils, The Black Mamba Gallery,
Vaalwater South Africa
Young Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
DONATIONS and CHARITY WORK
2006 Donated a painting at the request of the The South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza for auction in London to raise funds towards the Phelophepa Medical Train.
2007 Donated a painting titled “Grandmother” to CatPals Art Auction.
2010- 2011 Donates a Painting each year to the Lyons Club of Pochefstroom for the Brightly Coloured Sight project, proceeds of which will go to the Guide Dog Association for the Blind.
2010 Was one of the 100 artists/celebrities/musicians selected by the Johannesburg Child Welfare in a charity project called 100 Doors of hope. Makiwa’s door was the first to be sold on auction for R10 200.
2010 Donated a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India.
Artist: MAKIWA MUTOMBA
Title: Summer day
Size: 140 x 80 cm
Price: R 87 700 Unframed
2009 Painting selected for "The Perfect Canvas " competition run by Woolworths, and was printed on Woolworths bags countrywide.
2009 “Prix de Grande-Etapes Françaises” Painting Award at the SOCIETE NATIONALE DES BEAUX ARTS, an International Art exhibition held annually at the LOUVRE in PARIS, FRANCE.
SELECTED PRINT PUBLICATIONS
---With Art in Mind- Ballito Life and style (20-27 Sept 2006)
---Emosie in Makiwa Mutomba se Kunswerke bekoor- Die Burger Newspaper (around 3 june 2010)
---Zim Artist pays tribute to Colorful India – The Sunday Times Extra (10 Oct 2010)
---A Cultural Bridge, Celebrating 150 years of South Africa and India- The Mail And Guardian (10 – 16 Sept 2010)
---Orange Dominant in gemoedelike skilderye, Bekyk Makiwa Mutomba se kuns in Bfn.- The Volksblad Newspaper (2 Nov 2010)
---Adorning 100 doors to raise hope and funds- The Star Newspaper (3 Jun 2010)
---Makiwa Magic – The Ridge Magazine (Issue 42 Jul-Aug 2010)
----Andhrajyothi Newspaper – Hindi Language- (28July 2010)
--- Art refreshes ties – The times of India, Hyderabad (31 jul 2010)
---SNBA catalogue 2009
---Editor’s Pick- Visual Overture magazine (Vol.2 Fall 2010)
Makiwa Mutomba’s 10 minute interview with Dieter Voigt on Pasella, SABC 2 was aired on the 16th of June 2010 at 7:30pm.
In 2009, Makiwa was interviewed live on the SABC2 News International programme, “Rendezvous Africa”.
In 2007, Makiwa was interviewed live on SA FM by Mandla Shongwe.