Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 172 500
Lot 12
  • Wycliffe Mundopa; Light of a New Day

Lot Estimate
ZAR 120 000 - 160 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 172 500

About this Item

Zimbabwean 1987-
Light of a New Day

signed and dated 2016; accompanied by a First Floor Gallery Harare certificate of authenticity signed, dated 2017, and inscribed with the title and medium

oil, ink, collage on sewn canvas
158,5 by 239 by 3,5cm, unframed


Born in 1987 in Rusape, Zimbabwe, Wycliffe Mundopa is one of the most passionate and committed painters of the lives of women and children in Harare’s underprivileged neighbourhoods. His works speak with passion at anger, cynicism, compassion, and, most of all, with relentless commitment to acknowledge those too often swept under the carpet by society. Mundopa’s work also becomes an opportunity to see how painfully and vibrantly women’s lives reflect the conflicts of tradition and change in contemporary life in Zimbabwe, from the clash of moral codes to the economic strain, which turns children into adults too soon. He presents people without adornment or judgment —mothers, prostitutes, caregivers, breadwinners, the beautiful and the ugly, the selfish and the greedy. His exceptional skill as a draftsman brings a masterful ease to his paintings, as well as stencil collages and spray-paint drawing/painting. It has also won him acclaim and popularity with both collectors and critics.

Mundopa received a National Certificate of Fine Art from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Art Studios in 2007. In 2018, he held the Africa First Residency in Israel along with fellow artists Helen Teede and Wycliffe Mundopa. He received the FNB Art Prize in 2021. His works are collected and exhibited as far wide as Norway, Thailand, the USA, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Kenya, Australia, France, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. Mundopa lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Biography courtesy of Africa First.


First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe, 2017.

Africa First, 2023.

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