Cassi Namoda, The sun has not yet burned off the dew, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, 2021
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Cassi Namoda uses painting as an exercise in crossing cultural and historical references between her country of origin and the rest of the world.

Using colors of intensities that range from the subtle to the acidic, applied in raw and expressive brushstrokes, the artist explores and cross-pollinates religious symbols with literary characters and real people, forging complex narratives. Namoda studies the unlikely meeting points between antagonistic mythologies and gives new meaning to symbols through boldly constructed images.

A signature aspect of her work is that it brings together a constellation of external references that the artist then mixes with very personal aspects of her world, close to how a novelist constructs a story by amalgamating the personal with the universal. In this way, Namoda’s works sometimes depict friends of hers and people she knows but in a different time or extraneous context. Furthermore, Namoda's figuration brings together earthly scenes with oftentimes complex theological contexts, and her work can bring together the most sacred and symbolic images with the most popular and contemporary. This freedom is one of the central aspects of her painting, which questions the geographic and temporal limits of stories told but not usually painted.

Cassi Namoda (1988, Maputo, Mozambique) lives and works between Los Angeles and New York.

Recent solo exhibitions include François Ghebaly, Los Angeles and Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami. Namoda’s work has been included in exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York; CFHILL, Stockholm; Library Street Collective, Detroit; Nicodim Galleries, Los Angeles and Bucharest. This year Namoda was named one of the ‘Rising Arts Stars of 2020’ by Elephant Magazine and was commissioned to paint a cover for the January issue of Vogue Italia. Her work is held in the collection of Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Studio Museum, Harlem; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She works between Los Angeles and New York.


Solo Exhibitions
The sun has not yet burned off the dew, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
To Live Long is To See Much, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
You’ll be old too one day. Life isn’t always young and sweet., François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, USA
Little is Enough for Those in Love, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
The Day a Monkey is Destined to Die All Trees Become Slippery, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, USA
Outside the Witch Doctor’s House, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, USA
We Killed Mangy Dog, Harper’s Books, Hamptons, USA
Bar Texas, 1971, Library Street Collective, Detroit, USA
Meat is Meat & Our Nightly Bread, OOF Books, Los Angeles, USA
Island of Earth, Front Room Gallery, West Hollywood, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions
The Winter of Discontent, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
Hi(Story) Telling, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon
Dwelling is the Light, Timothy Taylor, London, UK
American Women, La Patinoir Royale-Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium
Bad Peach, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, USA
L.A. Dreams 2, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden
Sister Sister, The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
Winter in America III, Moms Favorite Space, Los Angeles, USA
Coping Mechanisms, Library Street Collective, Detroit, USA (curated by Sara Nicholson)
BioPerversity, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
The Adderall and The Ecstasy, Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

Public Collections
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, USA
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
MACAAL, Marrakesh, Morocco
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
X Museum, Beijing, China

Cassi Namoda The sun has not yet burned off the dew
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