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Zimbabwe Cultural Centre in Detroit (ZCCD) mission is to educate, archive, and promote the arts and culture of Zimbabwe. Our goal is to encourage strong ties between culture producers and residents in both Zimbabwe and abroad acting as catalysts for critical artistic production as well as cultural exchange between diverse communities.

COMRADES / David Chinyama

David Chinyama at his house in Toronto with a recent work, Canada, 2018

Multi-disciplinary artist David Chinyama was born and raised Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1995 he was discovered by Pattie Pink who enrolled him for formal art classes at Peter Birch School of Art in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Between 1995 and 2001 he pursued his studies in the Visual Arts. In 1995 he attended the Peter Birch School of Art in Harare, moving on to received his diploma from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s School of Visual Arts and Design in 1999, and by 2001 he received the National Diploma from Harare Polytechnic College.

His career as a visual Artist has led him to 11 international solo exhibitions, and over 30 international group exhibitions.

Chinyama is a two time recipient of the Zimbabwe National Merit Awards for “Outstanding Two Dimension Work” in 2005 and 2013.  Chinyama has several works in permanent collections: The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Parliament of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Heritage Trust, Polish Consulate, US, Canadian, Vatican and Dutch Embassies in Harare, as well as various Zimbabwean government agencies, corporations and private organizations. His work has also been shown in many galleries throughout Europe and North America.

Chinyama has conceived a style and technique all his own which he continues to develop.  He shows us a world with rich overtones that show what is good and beautiful in the traditional way of Zimbabwean life.  His work has been exhibited in Great Britain, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Australia, South Africa and the United States. In 2016 he participated in ‘ArtPrize’, an independent international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.