Hugh Mbayiwa was born in Zimbabwe in 1973.
He completed his A Levels and then went on to gain his National Certificate in Drawing and Painting at the BAT Visual Studio in Harare. As a final year student he exhibited at the National Gallery, Zimbabwe. In 1995 he exhibited at the Gallery Delta and the Verandah Gallery and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Hugh taught art to O and A level students in Mhondoro near the small town of Chegutu and donated proceeds from the sale of his work to his art class for the necessary materials, and to further the development of rural art.
He has sold work to clients in New York, Canada, South Africa, Germany, UK and Australia. He is represented in Durban at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.
“Teaching in rural areas outside Harare, Zimbabwe has given Hugh Mbayiwa the opportunity to capture the many aspects of daily rural living. His bold use of colour and a spontaneous naive style gives a charm to each of his portrayals of rural life. His education and own sophistication enables him to see the delights of the simple aspects of life and it is his candour and humour that come together to make his paintings so unique”- Joy Reynolds – Elizabeth Gordon Gallery