Saturday, August 7, 2010

(Social) Realism: Zimbabwe

Kate Raath (1949)

Kate was born in Masvingo (formerly Fort Victoria) in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1949. She was raised on a cattle farm in the nearby rural landscape of the Gutu-Chatsworth district. This district was later to become the main source of her inspiration and subject matter.
Kate attended schools in Mvuma and Masvingo before going on to read for a degree in Fine Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown in South Africa.

Luis Meque (1966 - 1998)
Born at Tete Province, Mozambique on 10th April, 1966. Lived and schooled at Beira and Chimoyo until 1982. Military training and service at Maputo and Nampula until 1986. Came to Zimbabwe. 1988–9 Student at the B.A.T. Workshop - National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Died 21 March 1998 in Harare.

Richard Witikani (1967)

Born 1 January 1967 at Wedza, Zimbabwe. 1987 Finished Secondary Education at St Vincent's School, Nora. 1988 Student at BAT Workshop, Harare until 1989. 1989 Taught Art at Girls High School, Harare.

James Jali (1971)
Born 1st October 1971 at Goromonzi, Zimbabwe of Malawian father. Completed Secondary Education in 1989 at Mufakose High School, Mufakose, Harare. 1993-1995 Art Training and Diploma at the BAT Visual Art Studios, Harare. 1995-1997 Worked as an illustrator at Shamu Advertising Studios, Harare.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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