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Zemba Luzamba

b. 1973, Lubumbashi; Lives in Cape Town.
Luzamba’s paintings have covered as much ground as he has travelled. Starting with works chronicling the hardships experienced by migrants, Luzamba went on to produce vivid images of the leisure spaces occupied by these communities. As well as this, his works reflect on power relations arising through gender and social class, and Congolese histories – both grand narratives, and the conditions of ordinary life.

It Is What It Is – Ebony Gallery, Cape Town 2015. Exhibition catalogue.



Migrant Perspectives: The Art of Zemba Luzamba – essay by Mario Pissarra


“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.


“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.


“Zemba Luzamba merges images with ideas”, CNN African voices, 2018

Art Education

1993: Institut Technique d’Art Plastique (ITAP), Democratic Republic of Congo.
1994 - 1998: Diploma, Fine Art, Evelyn Home College of Applied Art & Commerce, Lusaka.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2014: Exhibition, EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town.
2013: La Sape, Association of Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2004: Exhibition, Association for Visual Art Gallery, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

2005: Hope for Refugees, Rome.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2019: A Smaller Scale, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2019: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2018: The Summer Exhibition, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2017: From the Horse’s Mouth, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town.
2016: Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, Durban.
2015: EBONY/ CURATED, Cape Town.
2013: Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2013: Association for Visual Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: Soul of Africa, Development Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg.
2007: africa south, Association for Visual Art (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: Blank Projects, Cape Town.
2007: Sanlam Gallery. Baxter Theatre, Cape Town.
2006: A Journey Together, Voyage Ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2006: Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
2005: Il Pezo Politico Dei Migranti, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town.
2003: Xenophobia, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2019: AKAA (Also Known As Africa), Art and Design Fair, Paris.
2013: 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
2011: Art for Africa Auction, Sotheby’s, New York.
2008: Harare International Festival of Arts, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.
2005: Il Pezo Politico Dei Migranti, Santa Mostre Sangallo, Piacenza.
1996: P.E.L (Agricultural company art patron), Lusaka.
1995: Visual Art Council, Lusaka.


2010: Mario Pissarra, 'Migrant Perspectives: The Art of Zemba Luzamba', Critical Interventions, 4:1, 102 - 107.
2005: South African Art Diary.


2009: Nandos, London.
2002: New Royal Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi.


Cultures Inc., California.
Scalabrini House (Bassano Del Grappa), Cape Town.
Nandos, London.
Private collections: Italy, United States of America, South Africa.


Kirsty Cockerill, 2019, Dress Code: the politics of dress, oppression and self-determination in the works of Zemba Luzamba, ASAI.