Manyaku Mashilo was born in 1991 in Limpopo, South Africa and is currently based in Cape Town,-South Africa.

Mashilo’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses mixed media painting, drawing, and collage, addressing themes of spiritual identity, memory, ancestry, community and be-longing. Drawing on inspiration from photographic archives, she depicts scenes where imaginary characters migrate through fantastical worlds between unknown places andrituals of shared belief. Mashilo’s characters are often represented through portraits set in abstract cosmological landscapes. Her scenes are visual stories that offer a pluralityof imagined futures; piecing together mappings of time, place, space and making sense of a rich tradition of African spirituality and identities.

Notable group exhibitions include SCENORAMA, curated by Gabi Ngcobo at the Javett Centre in Pretoria, South Africa in 2022; SMO Contemporary’s group presentation atArtXLagos in Lagos Nigeria in; 40 under 40 at Krone | WHATIFTHEWORLD in Tulbagh, South Africa both in 2021 The Medium is the Message curated by Azu Nwagbogu at UnitLondon in London,UK, as well as Liminality in Infinite Space at the African Artists Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria in 2020. Both the exhibitions spotlighting artists that form part ofthe new vanguard in the field of contemporary African figuration. Mashilo’s work was also included in the 2020 Prizm Art Fair titled NOIR, NOIR: Meditations on African Cinemaand its influence on Visual Art curated by Mikhaile Solomon and William Cordova in Miami, USA.

In 2020 Mashilo presented a solo exhibition, There are other worlds they have not told you of, at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, and The Possibility of a Journey,curated by Tammy Langtry as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, South Africa.

Mashilo’s work forms part of the Schulting Art Collection; Tiroche Deleon Collection and The Suzie Wong Collection as well as private collections in the United Kingdom, Nigeria,Korea and United States of America.



b. 1991, Limpopo, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.



There are other worlds they have not told you of, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
The Possibility of a Journey, curated by Tammy Langtry, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshroon, South Africa.


THERE’S AN EXHIBITION IN MY KITCHEN, Breaking Bread, Cape Town, South Africa. 


Beauty | Skin | Behold, New Heritage Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.



SCENORAMA, curated by Gabi Ngcobo , Javett Center, Pretoria, South Africa.


ArtXLagos (SMO Contemporary), Lagos, Nigeria.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair (99 Loop Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa.

40 under 40, Krone | WHATIFTHEWORLD, Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate,  Tulbagh, South Africa


Prizm Art Fair, NOIR, NOIR: Meditations on African Cinema and its Influence on Visual Art , curated by Mikhaile Solomon and William Cordova, Miami, USA.
The Medium is the Message, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, Unit London, London, UK.
Liminality in Infinite Space, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, African Artists Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria.


She Impressions, The Project Space, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Sunday Service, GUS, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Numbers Exhibition, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.


  La Gravitas, La Provence Gallery, Franshoek, South Africa.


Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Suzie Wong Collection, Kingston, Jamaica.

Schulting Art Collection, Netherlands.

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