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date: 16 October 2019

Maviyane-Davies, Chazlocked

(b Harare, 1952).
  • Carol Magee

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(b Harare, 1952).

Zimbabwean graphic artist. To escape the civil war in Zimbabwe he moved to Zambia in 1974, where he completed basic courses in art. He then went to England on a scholarship, receiving his BA in 1980 from Middlesex University and his MA from the Central School of Art and Design, London. He returned to Zimbabwe and began work as a designer for an advertising agency, eventually establishing his own studio, the Maviyane Project. He was one of 25 designers from around the world, and the only African, to be asked to participate in designing a poster for the 1992 Earth Summit. The popularity of this poster brought him international acclaim. He was highly influenced by Cuban and Polish posters and blended their explicit political messages with African motifs and imagery. This interest in promoting political and social change is evident in a series of images from the mid-1990s. These computer-manipulated colour photographs are based on articles from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, for example ...

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