Kombo ChapfikaI am a multi-disciplinary artist, born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. I studied in Atlanta, GA. USA (BA. Economics 2006). A mostly self taught artist, I believe art transcends any singular medium and that each discipline informs the other. I have worked in animation, advertising, broadcast, web development, and fine art. This range has been pivotal to developing my artistic practice, technical base, and creative direction.

My work explores the mutation of contemporary African culture as it adapts to modernity, and technological inter-connectedness. Curiosity, experimentation, and social commentary are central to my creative process. I am interested in the interplay of technology and culture. How the tools we use reshape us. This theme has crystalized as I've become more aware of my own complex relationship with technology and all it's psycho-social and physical effects. It's a topic which touches on the intimately personal, all the way to the global and inter-generational.

My hybrid aesthetic echoes my personal journey, the ongoing cultural remixing brought on by globalization and mobility. I create art which expresses the immense potential and current dire straits of Zimbabwe, and Africa at large.

I am currently doing a Fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, and I'll be showing in the Zimbabwe Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2024.

Name Location Year
TLDR Artillery Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe 2023
We Were Where TMRW Gallery, Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, South Africa 2019
Salad Village Unhu, Harare, Zimbabwe 2016
A Supposdely Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Njelele Art Station, Harare, Zimbabwe 2015
Name Location Year
Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart Germany 2023
Digital Lab Africa Paris, France 2019
New Dimensions XR Lab Cape Town, South Africa 2018
Name Location Year
Inter-disciplinary Program (IDP Grant, XR) Sundance, USA 2021
National Artistic Merit Award Best Music Video. Vee Mukarati “Over Again” 2017

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