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

 Mashilo creates otherworldly re-imaginings with precise line work. The portraits capture a community cloaked, clothed and bathed in celestial cartographies. The enmeshed figures perform a multiplication of mappings piecing together dimensions of time, place and space, offering the land and the body as the source of a complex question of spiritual identity. 

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, South Africa 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 and William 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 Tammy Langtry as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, South Africa, both in 2020. 

Her past group exhibitions include: She Impressions at the Project Space in Johannesburg in 2019;Sunday Service at GUS in Stellenbosch and The Numbers Exhibition at Hazard Gallery in Johannesburg in 2018; La Gravitas at La Provence Gallery in Franshoek in 2017. 

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



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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