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About Jemmiro


Born Belmiro Antonio Jemusse, in Mozambique, on 16th March 1976.

2003 – Jemmiro made the decision to become a full- time artist. He moved to South Africa in order to diversify his art-making.

2004 – Attended a basic course in drawing and painting in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Participated in Innibos Art Festival (a group exhibition, featuring artists from around South Africa), and the following year Participated in “The Mall Wall” (a group exhibition in Nelspruit gathering select artists living and working in Mpumalanga).

2006 – 2008 – Enrolled as a full-time student at Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, in order to complete a printmaking course. The course covered all aspects of printmaking: etching, mono-prints, paper litho, silkscreen, linocut, dry point, etc.

2007 – Held his first solo exhibition “Portraying Africa Back to the Future” at Spaza Art Gallery, Troyeville, Johannesburg.

Jemmiro participated in a number of other group exhibitions while studying, both in South Africa and Mozambique.

2009 – Moved to Humansdorp, a coastal town 18km from where the legendary “Endless summer” movie was shot in St Francis Bay and Jeffrey’s Bay, in the Eastern Cape. Meets fellow artist, art teacher and mentor, Alecia Chaput, in St Francis Bay who said of him: “I have such confidence in Jemmiro, both as an artist, and a beautiful human being; bust with compassion; an aspect which I believe is reflected in his work; so refreshing! I have been blessed to have had the privilege to have been associated with Jemmiro; he has been such an inspiration to me and my students; His talent and humility is so humbling.”

Images of his works were featured in the first “What’s Happening in the World of Art Today” (WHWAT), held by Free Flight for the Arts, in Colorado, USA.

In September of that year held his second solo exhibition entitled “Fragments”, at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.

2010 – Goes back to Mozambique, where he was appointed to be a part of the board of directors at “Nucleo de Arte” (Senior Artist Association in Maputo, operating since 1921).

Selected to be part of a group of 7 artists who coo-funded Veleiro Arts Gallery and Atelier (an artistic space in Maputo operating since 2010).

Gave art Classes at Nucleo de Arte and Veleiro Arts Gallery & Atelier in a co-hosted Program - Nucleo de Arte and Veleiro Arts joined effort for the purpose.

2012 – Moves back to Johannesburg where he dedicated his time and effort producing a new series of works entitled: "Under the Moonlight" – a series of drawings portraying a time in his childhood. In this series he tries to capture his memories of what went on under the moonlight during those days which he describes as being some of the most remarkable of his life.

Participated in three group exhibitions in Johannbesburg:

- Two at The White House Gallery, Illovo, featuring some of his drawings from the "Under the MoonLight” series.

- Bamboo, Melville participated in a group exhibition entitled “Images of Women”.

In October held a Solo Exhibition entitled "Under the Moonlight", in Atholl, Johannesburg.

2013 –  Participated in two group exhibitions under Bataki Kollective at Constitution Hill (an artist collective);

He is part of the Jo’burg Postcard Revival Project, which was launched on 16th May 2013 with the exhibition of the original large-scale artworks and the postcards prints.

2015 – Had a solo exhibition entitled “Propagation’ which took place at MB Studio Gallery, Da Vince Hotel, in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Jemmiro featured in many other group exhibitions in Johannesburg as well as abroad.

His artworks have been sold to collectors across South Africa, Mozambique, US, Australia, German, UK, Canada, Japan, Dubai, France and many other countries.