"After years of painting, the way I understand art changed dramatically. Like technology art is changing everyday so as an artist I should be moving with time too. For the past 15 years acrylic paints and canvas was the only medium I used. Now I can use anything to make art I am not afraid to try new things. I enjoy using fabric/African textiles. focusing on African culture and history,but I always want my work to relate to everyone and all races."
Anthony Bumhira was born on 16th of October 1985 in Harare. He attended schools in and around Harare. In 2003, he enrolled with the B.A.T visual arts studios under the National gallery of Zimbabwe for a two-year course. in 2005 he was honoured with a third year honors class. That same year he was awarded a residence award at the National gallery in Harare. In 2008 Anthony did his first one-man show at the National gallery which was titled Modern View. Since then Anthony exhibited in group shows around Zimbabwe and abroad. He has works in the permanent collection of the National gallery and around the world. He works as a full time artist in Harare.
2010 Award of Merit Summer Exhibition Gallery Delta
2015 Second Price – Mharidzo Competition and Exhibition. National Gallery of Zimbabwe
2017 Nama, Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work
2008 Modern View – One Man Show National Gallery of Zimbabwe
2009 Blessings of Summer; Art Café, Avondale, Harare
Red Canvas; Ambassador Hotel, Harare
2010 Celebrating Landscape; Art Café, Avondale, Harare
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Interest in African contemporary art has exploded in recent years, with endeavours like the 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair offering a platform to present art from the continent to audiences in London and New York, while promoting the development of the African art market on the continent. With this in mind, V54—an organisation established by local charity Po Leung Kuk to promote youth arts and cultural development—presents Bridges, a group exhibition of contemporary African art curated by artist-in-resident Lee Garakara. The exhibition presented paintings and screen prints by three emerging artists: Tafadzwa Gwetai, Franklyn Dzingai and Anthony Bumhira.
'Familiar Histories: An Unstoppable Force in Contemporary Art Discourse.' The National Gallery of Zimbabwe
An exhibition of artefacts from the Permanent Collection and Unpacking the Vision: From Rembrandt to Mubayi. Curated by the Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Mr Raphael Chikukwa. The exhibition brings together artists who are obsessed with found objects and showcases how they have transformed these objects into amazing works of art. It interrogates current debates in the social, cultural, religious, economic and historical spheres. These are the very issues which inspire artists in their practice and creative processes.
Anthony Bumhira takes Zimbabweans back to the Dhoyilisi era where most women would go across the Limpopo River to sale madhoiri / crochet materials in search of a better living for their families as cross border traders. His works also show the role that women play in this world as they struggle to raise their children. These stories are familiar to so many Zimbabweans and artists continue to tap into these realities.
Zeitz MOCAA Museum Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Doilies and other innovative materials that have a personal and spiritual connection.
In Zimbabwe, the doily is a familiar household object. It adorns the living room sofas of many urban homes. Yet for Bumhira the inclusion of the doily is particularly significant. He is part of a doily generation: those who were raised by hard-working mothers whose doily stitches were sold through cross-border trade in order to put food on the table.
Another common element in Bumhira’s practice is the use of blankets instead of canvas. This material is universally understood as a source of shelter, intimacy, and vulnerability. In Zimbabwe, it is also used to protect your baby from the elements or to wrap the dead. Thus the use of blankets in Bumhira’s work has profound spiritual implications. Here, the intertwined realms of the living and the dead are expressed through a combination of traditional painting styles and the experimental use of materials.