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1999

 

Upon the exclusive invitation from Raphel Chikukwa, (MA, Curating Contemporary Design, Kingston University, London) the Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Nya′ held his first exhibition at the Harare International Festival of The Arts (H.I.F.A).

 

His work was displayed contiguously to the work of prominent African contemporary artists who represented the country and Africa at the 2011 Venice Biennale, to wit, Berry Bickle, Tapfuma Gutsa and Calvin Dondo.

2005

 

Leslie Powell, an illustrious American art curator, critic and consultant invited Nya′ to be part of a prestigious exhibition honoring the first democratically elected female African President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, in Harlem, New York.

 

His painting, “Custodians of Inheritance,” now part of the Asake Bomani-Glover private collection (New York, USA), served as the preeminent piece of the private exhibition, which also featured the rare and venerated work of American masters, to wit, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis and Danny Simmons.

2006

 

Nya′ was accorded the distinguished privilege of exhibiting at the 10th anniversary of the National Black Fine Arts Show (NBFAS) held at the historic Puck Building in Manhattan, New York. Extolled as an august event displaying premium work of revered African contemporary artists, Nya’s mixed media work, “Mburuchusi,” was selected to appear in the exhibition catalogue.

 
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2007

 

The prime exhibition wing at the Black Arts Fine Art Show (BFAS) in New York was exclusively reserved for showcasing the work of “the young African contemporary artist.” Two of his paintings, “The Babylonian Shepherd” and “Ushe Madzoro” graced the exhibition’s catalogue, with the latter, simultaneously acquired by the acclaimed author and African contemporary art investor Khephra Burns and the notable American editor, writer, and journalist Susan L. Taylor, (Editor in Chief, Essence Magazine, 1981 – 2000).

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2008

 

For the third year in a row, Colours Fine Arts, Inc, one of the prominent galleries at the National Black Arts Fine Art Show (NBFAS) in New York displayed the work of the unorthodox African contemporary artist. However, unlike his previously exhibited work, which was predominantly taken from his series, “Voices of the Earth” in 2008, powerful pieces from his series entitled “Divine Inspiration” were also included.

 

Nya’s work was displayed together with the works of accomplished artists like Barbara Chase-Riboud, Issa Khone Diop, Allan Rohan Crite, Samuel Countee, Henry O. Tanner, John Biggers and Antonio Carreño and Benny Andrews.

 

His work “Spiritual Purifiers” was chosen to appear in the highly coveted exhibition catalogue alongside the works of the American master-painter Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence

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2001

 

Nya’ held his inaugural solo exhibition entitled “Index of Perpetuality” at Sugarloaf Estate in Harare, Zimbabwe. The vanguard stately residence, designed by one of Africa’s leading architects, Vernon Benele Mwamuka (1956 – 2001) became the exclusive gallery entrusted to represent his work in Africa to selected collectors. The Founder and Director of Matombo Gallery, Roy Cook served as the consulting curator and the exhibition received commendation from revered mavens in African Contemporary Art, to wit, Doreen Sibanda (Director of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe) and David Tapuwa Hatendi, the revered African contemporary Art Patron, entrepreneur and Banker, (1953 – 2012).

2002

 

“Streams today, Rivers tomorrow,” a collection of paintings selected from the African contemporary artist’s collection was acquired by a distinguished consortium of African contemporary art investors before the opening night of the exhibition. It featured one of his considerable paintings to date, a massive 48 feet by 18 feet diptych entitled “Field of Dreamers.”

 
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2004

 

Nya′ held his New York premier exhibition entitled “Journey to My Roots” at Gelabert Studios Gallery. The exhibition was co-sponsored by Musa Capital Advisors, a preeminent merchant banking firm (South Africa and New York) specializing in private equity investing, property development, structured finance and investment banking. The meritorious collection, consummated in 1260 days received accolades from several art critics, including the illustrious former Editor in Chief of Rolling Stones Magazine, and now the Managing Editor and Publisher of Gallery and Studio Magazine, Ed McCormick

2005

 

Nya’ held an exhibition entitled “Language of Faith” in Manhattan, New York. The highly anticipated exhibition, hosted by Uptown Movie Network, a movie distribution channel headed by the notable private investor/media entertainment entrepreneur and African art investor and collector, Judith Aidoo (Caswell Capital Partners, LLC, Caswell Communications, Inc.) Proceeds from the exhibition went to the “Wall Street to Hollywood Fund,” an organization founded by Miss Aidoo to grant scholarships to deserving African immigrants. 

2006

 

Dr. Michael Jones, a leading aesthetic surgeon and the Founder and Director of Lexington Plastic Surgeons, together with his wife, Emmy Award winning Journalist Cathleen Trigg-Jones hosted a private exhibition for the African contemporary artist entitled “Aura of Desire.” The celebrity-studded private exhibition received accolades from distinguished guests, to wit, Michael Rosenfeld, (Founder and Director of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery), Will Downing, (Grammy Award Nominee, American Singer-Songwriter and Producer), Nickolas Ashford (1941 – 2011) and Valerie Simpson –Ashford and Simpson- (Songwriters, Producers and Recording Artists) among others.

2008

 

Nya′ held an exhibition entitled “Vowels of Faith.” The exhibition featured key works that poignantly enunciate the foundational themes in his work, namely faith, vision and purpose.

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2010

 

The African contemporary artist celebrated his sixth exhibition at Seed Gallery, New York entitled “A Letter to Immortal Souls.” The didactic body of works visually articulated the paramountcy of redemption over the quandary of fear which, according to Nya′ “extradites Man to conformity and impugns the preponderance of “faith” - which, without, life is debased to a mere social experiment.

2013

 

Nya’ held his ninth exhibition at Seed Gallery, New York entitled “Package of Salvation.” Anchored in the three principles of faith, purpose, and vision, the paintings possessed a depth sought for, but rarely achieved by many artists. The five large-scale canvases, meticulously displayed in a Zen-like setting, were a brilliant representation of the artist’s depth of ideas and magnitude of vision.

 

 

Incisions, resembling the tribal marks of the Donqolawi and Shaiqiya people from the Manasir tribe in Sudan were subtly noticeable within the sculptured paintings. These minimalistic marks, engraved onto his surface with surgeon-like precision, combined with imperceptible motifs from ceremonial Shields of the Mwami Society of the Rega (Lega) region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and coded Scriptural references and engraved verses from the Old Testament allude to the conceptual similarities between the Kingdom of God, Jewish history and Africa’s rich history of kingdoms and blood covenants.

 

 

Through an ardent and enlightened coalescing of his unmistakable spiritual identity as a blood covenanted child of God, an ambassador from Heaven on earth, a royal priest and his African roots with western artistic elements, the works in the exhibition mirrored a persona that dealt a deafening blow to the archaic stigma that associated African contemporary art with primitivism and ancestral worship whilst labeling Western art as enlightened and avant-garde.

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AFRICA

 

Sugarloaf Estate, Harare, Zimbabwe

 

Francis Daniels Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

AMERICA

 

Lisa and George Canon Estate, Vermont, New York, U.S.A

 

The Fahad Private Collection, Sacramento, California, U.S.A

Kendrick and Mashea Ashton Private Collection, Dumbo, New York, U.S.A

Khephra Burns and Susan L. Taylor Private Collection, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A

Dr. Michael Jones and Cathleen Trigg-Jones Private Collection, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A

Asake-Bomani Glover Public and Private Art Collection, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A

EUROPE

 

The Akerele collection, London, England

select corporate collections...

 

AFRICA

 

Masawara Contemporary Art Private Collection, Zimbabwe

Musa Capital Contemporary Art Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

AMERICA

 

Burrell Realty Private Collection, Chicago, U.S.A

Orange Capital Partners Private Collection, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A

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