Artcollab Studio, Ilizwe/Nyika Collaboration artist member: Zandile Vanessa Masuku:
Zandile Masuku was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on the 5th February 1983. She took art independently as a 10th subject at O’level and as a 4th at A’level. After obtaining the art subject prize she went on to study Architecture at the University of Brighton, England graduating in 2008 and moving to London the same year before returning to Zimbabwe in 2009. Whist in the UK she self-taught Alto Saxophone, wrote poetry and performed the spoken word. Architecture provided the opportunity to visit multiple scale and notable galleries in England, France and Spain. In 2010 her son was born, which was a pivotal point in her life as she gained ambitiousness which she never had before. In 2012/13 and 2013/14 she was awarded ‘ The Best Female Artist award’ by V.A.A.B. In 2013 she had her first Solo exhibition at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo entitled ‘Dot connected’. her First International feature was in 2015 in Alberta, Canada. She has since shown at various galleries in group exhibitions abroad and locally. As an Environmentalist at heart, she hopes to create dialogues with other people and form more connections for collaborative opportunities.