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 82 075
Lot 24
  • Tafadzwa Masudi; Hupenyu (Life)
  • Tafadzwa Masudi; Hupenyu (Life)

Lot Estimate
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 82 075

About this Item

Zimbabwean 1988-
Hupenyu (Life)

dated 2021 and inscribed with the artist's name, title, and medium on the reverse

acrylic paint on canvas
120 by 120 by 4cm, unframed


Accompanied by a WORLDART certificate of authenticity, signed by Charl Bezuidenhout, the gallery owner.

"The balloons are not just masks of optimism, 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." — Tafadzwa Masudi, June 2021.

Tafadzwa Masudi is a Zimbabwean-born self-taught artist who lives and works in Cape Town. He specializes in painting and sewing. He started painting at the age of sixteen in Harare while assisting a friend of the family who introduced him to the visual arts. In 2010 he migrated to South Africa and in 2020, having been laid off from a job in a clothing factory, he started painting full-time to reflect on his environmental and social experiences as a foreigner in a new country.

Africa First brought Masudi's work onto the international stage by organizing his first international solo exhibition at Gordon Gallery in Israel in 2022. Africa First also included Masudi in a booth in Paris at the Also Known As Africa art fair and introduced his work to Monti 8 gallery where he participated in a group exhibition.

Biography courtesy of Africa First.


WORLDART Gallery, Cape Town, 2021.

Africa Frist, 2023.


WORLDART Gallery, Cape Town, Waiting for a Better Tomorrow, 3 June to 24 June 2021.

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