Lillian Magodi is a young Zimbabwean artist born on 5th June 1992 in Harare. She has always loved to express herself through art and this was evident throughout her primary and secondary school education. Her formal training only started when she began to attend the Saturday Art Lessons at the National Gallery in 2012. After a year with the program she was encouraged to join the National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design, from which she has recently graduated. Interestingly and unusual in the Shona culture, Lillian has the full support of her father regarding her work as a full-time artist.
Lillian’s preferred medium is printmaking (in particular monotype) and drawing, where she explores human figures – mainly women and children – in her work. Using gestural, vigorous lines, she creates images that appear burdened with emotion or introspective, deep in thought, tender and delicate.
She has exhibited several times in group shows at Gallery Delta in Harare, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and in a two-woman show at Tsoko Gallery in Harare.
“I believe that art is the essence of life and artists try to exhibit the Lord’s beauty by creating beautiful pieces. My work touches on the connection between women and their children, their life-styles, struggles, joy and happiness. In the hardships they face or the pain they endure when they lose a loved one. My work reflects my belief in imaginary worlds, tales which never existed but always mirror glimpses of truth. The tormented lover, unjustly fallen woman, the innocent virgin, are subjects which have occupied painters for centuries. Can these female characters ever find redemption in their longing and hope for mercy and restored dignity while lost, then found in these worlds? I find hope and purpose in my quest to paint through the window of these mystic dreams.
I try as much as possible to make my artwork communicate with the viewer who is my connection between the two parties.”