Solomon Mugutso is a 42 year old Zimbabwe born visual artist who works from his studio in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.
Even though he didn’t have formal training in art, he attended some oral classes at the National gallery of Zimbabwe and at Peter Birch school of art .
He is an independent artist and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Zimbabwe, Sweden and South Africa.
He recently had a Solo exhibition at AGOG gallery in Johannesburg. The exhibition attracted media coverage notably eNCA, Kaya FM, Joburg East Express and The Sunday Independent.
The exhibition was about creating an awareness on gender based violence. It was challenging men to take a stance against the scourge of violence against women and children. It also highlighted the strength and beauty of women.
He was recently awarded the most recommended artist at the Rosebank Rotary GTC award 2019. Some of his collectors include heads of state, government ministers, corporate and private collectors. Besides teaching art to aspiring artists from disadvantaged communities, he also works with NGOs and schools doing workshops .
Through years of experimenting with different mediums he has discovered sand to be his preferred medium.
Having devoted himself to developing the use of sand technically and conceptually, he can humbly say he has introduced a unique point of conversation to the art scene. Sand allows us to tell our stories and to unpack various issues that are impacting us in our society. His work interrogates the link between the challenges affecting us and sand. Issues that range from displacement, socioeconomic issues, marginalisation, gender based violence and inequality. In the sand is where the souls of the affected people lay, he says. He collects sand from different places and by doing so he is collecting the pain and the hurt of the affected .He believes by putting together the particles of sand, we are remolding our deeply divided and fragmented society. As we sculpt and mold the pieces an awe-inspiring beauty unfolds allowing us space for engagement and critical thinking.