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 belonging. Drawing on inspiration from photographic archives, she depicts scenes where imaginary characters migrate through  fantastical worlds between unknown places and rituals of shared belief. Mashilo’s characters are often represented through portraits set in abstract cosmological landscapes. Her scenes are visual stories  that offer a plurality of imagined futures; piecing together mappings of time, place, space and making sense of a rich tradition of African spirituality and identities.

In 2021 Mashilo’s work was included in SMO Contemporary’s group presentation at ArtXLagos in Lagos Nigeria as well as 99 Loop Gallery’s group presentation at the 2021 Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

Notable group exhibitions include 40 under 40 at Krone | WHATIFTHEWORLD in Tulbagh, SouthAfrica in 2021, The Medium is the Message curated by Azu Nwagbogu at Unit London 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 of the 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 Cinema and its influence on Visual Art curated by Mikhaile Solomon andWilliam Cordova in Miami, USA.

In the same year she presented her 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 TammyLangtry as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, South Africa, both in 2020.

Mashilo’s work forms part of the Tiroche Deleon Collection and The Suzie Wong Collection as well asprivate 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.



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.
The Suzie Wong Collection, Kingston, Jamaica.

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