Chaz Maviyane-Davies Zimbabwe's best Graphic Designer

Chaz Maviyane-Davies, a Zimbabwe national is Presently Professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
For more than two decades my work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights.
Credentials include an MA in Graphic Design (with distinction) from the Central School of Art and Design in London, and an Advanced Diploma in Postgraduate Film-making from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design London.
Also spent a year in Japan studying three-dimensional design and ten months in Malaysia working on various world-reaching design projects for the International Organization of Consumers Unions and JUST World Trust.

Poster to fight against Domestic Violence.

Design work experience in London includes time with Fulcrum (Design Consultants), Newell and Sorrell Design Ltd., as well as a stint in the Department of Graphic Design of BBC Television.
From 1983 until 2000 I was the principal of The Maviyane-Project, a design studio in Harare. As a result of the social, humane and confrontational nature of my work, I felt compelled to temporarily leave Zimbabwe because of the adverse political climate there.

                         Poster emphasizing where racism takes root

Films written, directed and produced by me include ‘After the Wax — personal view of nationality and identity’ (1991.17 min,16 mm in colour). This work has been screened at several film festivals and television channels around the world where it has won several awards and accolades.
As well as being published in numerous International magazines and newspapers, my design work has also been acknowledged in Who’s Who in Graphic Design, First Choice: Leading International Designers, Rewriting the Rules of Graphic Design, Digital Portfolios Unzipped, Graphic Agitation 1 & 2, Graphic Design Timeline — A Century of Design Milestones, World Graphic Design, Celebrating Posters, Area: Showcasing 100 of the world`s most innovative emerging graphic designers, History of Graphic Design, Design for Dissent, International Poster Excellence, Anatomy of Design, Designer Portraits, Lovely Language and was included in the list ID Forty, ID magazine’s annual honours list profiling leading-edge designers from around the world. New York 1998.

Poster on HIV/AIDS awareness.

In 2009 I was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Amongst other awards I am also the first recipient of the Anthon Beeke International design award, Amsterdam and recognised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with an award for outstanding innovator in his commitment to the struggle to transform society and create a just future as well as by Simmons College, Boston with an award for courage and integrity in using art to stimulate activism for social change. In November 2003 I gave the prestigious Dwiggins lecture sponsored by the Society of Printers and the Boston Public Library.

CD Cover for a musician whose totem is an elephant.

Besides extensive individual and group exhibitions worldwide, my design work has been represented in most of the largest international graphic, invitational and poster exhibitions from 1980 to the present time, while I have also been invited to judge several international exhibitions and competitions.
My work is included in several international permanent collections in various galleries.
I am presently writing a book about my work entitled “Creative Defiance”.

Dignity and Identity T shirt.

EXHIBITIONSA list of the past 3 years.
2010: Solo exhibition: ‘Creative Defiance’, Rose Lehrman Art Gallery,
HACC, Harrisburg, USA
2010: Selections, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and
Design, Boston USA
2010: Solo exhibition: ‘Dissent’, Spencer Presentation Gallery,
Endicott College, Beverly, USA
2009: Voices in Freedom, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, Mexico
2009: Migration, Athens International Poster Exhibition, Greece
2009: Visual Voices, Center Gallery, Fordham University Lincoln Center,
New York, USA
2009: Agitadores de Conciencia, Canary Islands, Spain
2009: Stop World Hunger, CdD Design Centre of Rosario,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009: Shigeo Fukuda Memorial Exhibition, Poster Art Gallery,
Helsinki, Finland
2009: World of Posters, The Danish Poster Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
2009: 17th International Lahti Poster Biennial, Finland
2009: Masterpieces, Ljubljana National Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2009: 3rd International Graphic Biennial of the Islamic World,
Tehran, Iran
2009: 9th International Poster Triennial in Toyama. Japan
2009: Solo exhibition: ‘Rights’, UMass Lowell. USA
2009: Ekoplakát / 40 posters from 11th Trienal Ekoplagát ilina 2008.
Czech Republic
2009: Politics, Protest, Poster, Tufts University, Boston, USA
2008: Speak Out, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, USA
2008: 10th International Biennial of the Poster. Mexico
2008: Many Rivers to Cross, Oval House, London, UK
2008: Golden Bee 8 Biennale, Moscow. Russia
2008: 11th Trienal Ekoplagát ilina. Slovak Republic
2008: 7th Ogaki International Invitational Poster Exhibition. Japan
2008: 21st Poster Biennale, Warsaw. Poland
2008: Thoughts on Democracy, Wolfsonian Institute, Miami, USA
2008: Reflections In Exile: Five Contemporary African Artists Respond
To Social Injustice, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset & Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, USA
2008: Rights for Africa Day, Limerick City Hall, Ireland
2008: D’Ailleurs..., Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
2008: Ex-pression of Zimbabwe, Université d’Avignon, France
2007: Solo exhibition: ‘Rights’, Black Cultural Center,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
2007: Eye Opener, Museum for Communication, Den Haag, Netherlands
2007: Lovely Language: Words Divide, Images Unite,
Centraal Museum Utrecht, Netherlands
2007: 10th International Triennial of the Political Poster, Mons, Belgium
2007: A Reflexive Journey: The Immigrant Experience in Art,
Stonehill College, Easton, USA
2007: AIDStop, CdD Design Centre of Rosario, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007: Posters for Cultural Diversity, National Museum of Fine Arts of
Havana, Cuba
2007: Designer Portraits, D4 Business Center, Luzern, Switzerland
2007: Universal Language, Museum of Fine Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia
2007: NewAfrica, Rundetaarn, Copenhagen, Denmark
(will go on world tour)
2007: 16th International Lahti Poster Biennial, Finland
2007: The 9th Tehran International Poster Biennial, Iran
2007: Savannah College of Art & Design, USA. 2007
2007: Jury exhibition: 2nd International Poster Competition
‘Anti AIDS - Ukraine’
2007: Repressed II, Gallery 5, Richmond, USA
2007: Associates Fanfare, St Botolph Club, Boston. USA
2007: Graphic Messages from GGG & DDD 1986–2006,
Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
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