Percy Manyonga was born in Goromonzi, rural Zimbabwe in 1971.
After 3 years of training at the BAT Visual Arts Studio under the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, he qualified in Fine Art and went on to attend many workshops, continually being inspired by great artists such as Hillary Kashiri, Helen Lieros and Mozambican artist Malangatana Ngwenya.
He has exhibited extensively both in Zimbabwe and abroad and his work is found in private collections world-wide.
In 2000, he was presented with the Cyril Rogers Award of Distinction.
Percy draws inspiration from his rural upbringing as a cattle herder and his work also serves as a visual narrative about African culture. He has mastered numerous techniques which he uses to manipulate layers of paint, evoking underlying, intense and provocative meanings.
His fun, quirky portraiture is a representation of the feelings and mood of people he meets in day-to-day life. Superficially fun and playful, his images are often a nuanced dig at pretensions and foolishness notable in our society, sometimes hiding an underlying darkness.
“My work portrays a capacity to reinvent line, structure and composition to create images that are intended to challenge the viewer’s perception of reality. In my portraits, I exaggerate eyes, lips and ears in a humorous way, creating caricatures of people to show that self-importance and materialism are often laughed at by the viewer.”