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

Spectrum: On Color & Contemporary Art at MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora) in San Francisco, Africa Supernova at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, Netherlands, Rites of Passage, curated by Péjú Oshin at Gagosian Gallery in London, UK and  in 2023; SCENORAMA, curated by Gabi Ngcobo at the Javett Centre in Pretoria, South Africa in 2022; 40 under 40 at Krone | WHATIFTHEWORLD in Tulbagh, South Africa both in 2021 The Medium is the Message curated by Azu Nwagbogu at Unit London in London,UK.

Art Fairs Mashilo has participated in include The Armory Show in New York, USA, EXPOCHI in Chicago, USA and Investec Cape Town International Art Fair in cape Town, South Africa in 2023; 1-54 African Contemporary Art Fair in 2022 and ArtXLagos in Lagos, Nigeria in 2021.

In 2023 Mashilo will present a solo exhibition at Southern Guild in cape Town, South Africa. Past solo exhibitions include, 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 Pizutti Collection; 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.



upcoming | Solo Presentation, Southern Guild, 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. 



upcoming | Spectrum: On Color and Contemporary Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Fransisco, USA.

upcoming | Africa Supernova, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Rites of Passage, Gagosian, London, UK.

The Armory Show, New York, USA.

EXPO Chicago, USA.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 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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