Kudzanai-Violet Hwami – Africa (Y4)

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Sekuru Koni, 2017, Private collection.

  • How would you describe the lines in this artwork?
  • What are the different types of line?
    • thick, thin, short, long, straight, curved
  • What shape do the lines form?
  • Is this a landscape or portrait?
  • Is this artwork dark or light?
  • Which part of the the artwork is darkest? Lightest?
  • Name some of the different shapes.
  • What colours do you see in this artwork?
  • Are the colours bold or muted?

Activities to try at home.


 Zimbabwe, Africa

Language (painting)

deep, bright, dull, paler, darker, lighter, stronger, brighter, natural, runny, thick, watery, swirling, directional, sticky, daubed, dribbled, stippled, transparent, opaque, textured, scraped, scratched, splattered, foreground, middle ground, background


Now living in the UK, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami was born in Gutu, Zimbabwe in 1993 and lived in South Africa from the ages of nine to seventeen. Her work reveals a deeply personal vision of Southern African life. Drawing on her experiences of geographical dislocation and displacement, her paintings combine visual fragments from a myriad of sources such as online images and personal photographs, which collapse past and present.

Victoria Miro