Zvavahera joining the gallery came amid rising demand for the artist’s expressive brushwork on the primary and secondary markets in the past year. In October 2020, at the virtual edition of Frieze London, the gallery offered a 2020 painting of Zvavahera’s, THIS IS WHERE I TRAVELLED . The oil on canvas work, rife with vibrant colors and elaborate swirling patterns, sold for $100,000. That price represented a significant markup from Zvavahera’s July auction debut, where her painting of two figures embracing against a sea of teal and black, Pakatangira Rudo (Where Love Began) (2014), sold for its high estimate of ZAR$350,000 (US$21,000) at a Strauss & Co. evening sale. Zvavahera’s celestial paintings next hit the auction block a mere 10 days after her presentation at Frieze London, at a Phillips evening sale in London. There, the artist’s work Arising from the Unknown (2019)—in which a human silhouette is swallowed by a swath of blue—fetched an astonishing £163,800 ($212,121). The work sold for nearly three times its high estimate and set a new auction record for the artist. That shocking rise is also reflected in Artsy’s data: Demand for Zvavahera’s works was stagnant up until last year, when the number of collectors inquiring on works by the artist more than quadrupled.
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