Chaz Maviyane-Davies: In his own words

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. Education includes an MA in Graphic Design (with distinction) from the Central School of Art and Design in London, and an Advanced Diploma in Postgraduate Filmmaking from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design London.
Also spent a year in Japan studying three-dimensional design and a total of ten months in Malaysia working on various world-reaching design projects for the International Organization of Consumers Unions and JUST World Trust. Design work experience in London includes time with Fulcrum Design, 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. Films written, directed and produced by me include ‘After the Wax — personal view of nationality and identity’ (17 min, 16 mm colour. 1991). 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 books, international magazines and newspapers, my design work has also been acknowledged in ‘Who’s Who in Graphic Design,’ ‘First Choice: Leading International Designers,’ ‘Graphic Agitation 1 & 2,’ ‘Graphic Design Timeline: A Century of Design Milestones,’ ‘Celebrating Poster Design,’ ‘AREA: 100 Graphic Designers,’ ‘International Poster Excellence,’ ‘On Edge: Breaking the Boundaries of Graphic Design,’ ‘World Graphic Design,’ ‘Design of Dissent,’ ‘Artforms’ 8th edition, ‘A History of Graphic Design’ 4th edition 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.
Amongst several awards, in 2003 I was recognised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with an award for outstanding commitment to the struggle to transform society and create a just future as well as another recognition award from Simmons College, Boston for courage and integrity in stimulating activism for social change. That year I was also Honour laureate at the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition. In 2004 I gave the prestigious Dwiggins lecture, sponsored by the Society of Printers and the Boston Public Library and also became the first recipient of the Anthon Beeke International Design Award in Amsterdam.
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.

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