Makiwa Mutomba, self-taught artist, showed an excellent ability to draw at an early age. He was born on 8 June 1976 in Chivhu, Zimbabwe. However, growing up in a low to middle class family, it was not until his third year at university in 1999 where he was studying Electronic Engineering that he decided to quit studies and paint pictures for a living.

It was a rocky path for Makiwa trying to live on his paintings. Moving from Bulawayo to Harare, which is the commercial capital of the country, and then on to the resort town of Victoria falls, where he sold miniature paintings at the roadside to tourists ( hanging paintings from tree branches) . It was at this time that Makiwa developed a love for the knife as a painting tool.

He has had successful solo and group shows in South Africa Germany and London and France, and has done a number of commissions for private collectors. His oil paintings are painted exclusively with a knife, no brushes.

Makiwa’s work is inspired by nature. He takes photographs which he later uses as reference in his studio for the large canvases. He paints in a dimly lit studio. Using a large 1 square metre palette and paint scrapers to imitate palette knives, he mixes his paints and applies it thickly onto the canvas, leaving fresh strokes of paint that will eventually dry with minimal interference.


2000 Young Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Works on Paper, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe (sold out 20 Miniature paintings which were part of this group show).

Solo Exhibition – Miniature Oils, The Black Mamba Gallery, Vaalwater, South Africa

2002 Solo Exhibition – Miniature Oils, The African Easel Art Gallery, Kasanc, Botswana

2005 Group Exhibition – Black Like Us, The Watercolour Society of South Africa, Johannesburg

From 2006 Exhibitions and sales in various galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana which include,
Cherie De Villiers, Johannesburg
Chris Tugwell Gallery, Pretoria
Etchings, etc, Durban
The Art Room, Durban
The Cape Gallery, Cape Town
Johan Smith Art Gallery, Clarens

Group Exhibition- Wildlands Art for Conservation, The Lindsay Gallery, Durban.
Solo Exhibition- A Celebration of Life, Association of Visual Artists, Cape Town
Solo Exhibition- Heads, Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts, Durban
Solo Exhibition- Paintings By Makiwa Mutomba? ?. Artspaceberlin , Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition- Together We Are One. Etchings. Durban

Featured Artist- Norscot Manor Gallery, Johannesburg
Group Exhibition, Wildlands Art for Conservation, Durban

Group Exhibition, ArtSPACE BERLIN, Germany
Collective Exhibition, Camden Art Gallery, London
Collective Exhibition, Hendaye, France

2010 Solo Exhibition, Women, Artspace Durban, South Africa.

2010 Group Exhibition, A Piece of Africa, Norscot Manor Gallery, Johannesburg

2010 Group Exhibition, What Texas means to Me Awards Show, Austin Art Spaces, Texas, USA

2010 7th Annual Black Like Us Exhibition, Manor Gallery, Johannesburg

2010 Artists Camp, Hyderabad, India

2010 Solo Exhibition, Andhra Pradesh – Miniature Paintings From India. KZNSA Gallery, Durban

2010 Solo Exhibition, The Color Orange, Kotze Kunsgalery, Bloemfontein

2010 Solo Art Miami art fair, Miami, USA


2006 Donated a painting at the request of the The South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza for auction in London to raise funds towards the Phelophepa Medical Train.

2007 Donated a painting titled “Grandmother” to CatPals Art Auction (street) cats of Pretoria and Centurion. Part of the proceeds also went to the Pretoria Arts Association

2010 Donated a Painting to the Lyons Club of Pochefstroom for the BrightlyColouredSight project, proceeds of which will go to the Guide Dog Association for the Blind

2010 Presently working on a project with Johannesburg Child Welfare called “100 DOORS OF HOPE”. The doors will be auctioned in August in commemoration of 100years in existence.

2010 Donated a Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, India.


2009 Painting selected for “The Perfect Canvas ” competition run by Woolworths, and was featured on Woolworths carrier bags.

2009 Prix de Grande-Etapes Francaises. Awarded at the SOCIETE NATIONATE DES BEAUX ARTS at the LOUVRE PARIS


2010 Artist’s Camp, Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, India

Artwork of Makiwa exhibited at Crouse Art Gallery. Original art of more than 60 top South African Artists – Since 1999.

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