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.

  • Nelly Guambe; Lamenting Eyes

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000

About this Item

Mozambican 1987-
Lamenting Eyes

signed and dated 2018; accompanied by a First Floor Gallery Harare certificate of authenticity signed, dated 2018, and inscribed with the title and medium

acrylic on canvas
105,5 by 70cm excluding frame


"It is a portrait of a woman from memory, echoing the struggles of life." —Nelly Guambe

Nelly Guambe completed a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of South Africa, Johannesburg, in 2009. The following year she joined the Mozambican Artist Association, Nucleo de Arte, and began painting; she has since become a full-time artist. Guambe’s paintings explore and reflect upon women’s circumstances and emotions. Finding her inspiration in women who she encounters in everyday life and work, as well as in herself. Her art responds to a powerful urge to document and record their often ignored state of being. With their hallmark penetrating eyes, Guambe’s portraits frequently leave the viewer with questions rather than answers, shedding light on a state of ambivalence in which many contemporary southern African women find themselves – amidst both opportunity and constraint.

Recent exhibitions and projects include the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair (Guns & Rain Gallery); a 2018 Solo Exhibition, Olhares at the Portuguese Cultural Institute, Maputo; in 2018, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Ed Cross Fine Art), London; and About Face group exhibition, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. In 2019, Africa First sponsored the first EPI prize where Guambe was the 1st place artist.

Biography courtesy of Africa First.


First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe, 2019.

Africa First, 2023.


First Floor Gallery Harare, Emerging Painting Invitational Exhibition, Harare, 2019.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, Guns & Rain, 15 to 17 February 2019.

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