Born and raised in in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chikonzero Chazunguza studied the classical modes of printmaking, drawing and painting at the Institute of Pictorial Arts in Sofia Bulgaria. In 2009 Chiko arrived in Canada where he was confronted with the contrasting realities of ’here and there’.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited in several solo shows in Africa, Europe and North America, where his work has also been collected.
My art reflects upon how our constructed notions of identity, happiness, freedom, and “democracy” are shaped and shifted by issues such as spirituality, disposition, denied access, interferences with basic commodities, and the painful evolution of ancient cultural traditions into contemporary yet uncertain urbanised communities.
Throughout my professional career, I have explored how art in its various forms of expression can embody all these ideas, separately or simultaneously. My personal journey of exploring the Afrikan modes and principles of art making, together with my understanding of the “contemporary” art media, help formulate my attitude and my point of departure.
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