Africa World Art Gallery Presents Solomon Mahlatini

By Editorial Team on December 12, 2022

Fri, 16 December 2022 - Sat, 31 December 2022

Solomon Mahlatini Disappointment with God.
Reception: Friday, December 16 from 5pm to 9pm


Solomon Mahlatini, a highly awarded Zimbabwean born visual artist who resided in the DMV from 2012 to 2015, has returned to Washington, DC.

On December 16, 2022, guests are invited to African World Art Gallery to celebrate his return at a welcoming reception and the premier at the new home of his latest works.

This is the first DC showing of Solomon’s latest work. Solomon graduated with honors from Oklahoma’s East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma in May 2019. At ECU Solomon received his second Bachelors of Arts degree in fine arts. He was highly honored at ECU. He received the Ada Arts Council Scholarship, the O. Gail Poole Travel Award, the East Central University – Director’s Award and the OVAC Momentum Oklahoma, Curator’s Choice Awards, all for his body of work. His work was featured in several exhibits regionally and nationally while attending ECU. Solomon was also featured in a book, Artster Oklahoma, which debuted at The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and he was a finalist internationally for the 2022 Stanford University MFA program.

After graduation, Solomon resided in the Dallas Texas metro area. There, his works were featured in several showings and exhibitions. He received several commendations and awards for his work.

Solomon’s success as an artist started early. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1989, he completed schooling there and came to the USA for college in 2011. Here he has flourished as his horizons opened and new ideas and fresh inspirations found their way into his artwork. Solomon has been known throughout his career for the creative imagination and artistic vision that brings many different technique and eclectic materials to life in his art. Since his earliest days in primary school, his artistry has been admired and appreciated. In primary school he received honors in Historical Studies, Literature, and Art and received the coveted recognition as Overall Best Arts Student prior to his graduation from high school.

That Solomon was unique was always clear: he sold his first “commercial” paintings at age 12. In high school he was chosen to design the annual posters and flyers for school events. For three consecutive years (2005-2007) he was awarded the “Outstanding Art Student of the Year” trophy. In 2011, although offered a full scholarship at an art institute in Switzerland, Solomon choose to come to the USA for college. He has sold many of his pieces at art fairs and private showings around the country. He has done shows in New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and DC and his paintings now hang on the walls of fine art lovers in all of these cities and around the world. During his time in DC, he had the opportunity of showing his work during several exhibitions. In 2015 he was a part of an exhibit at PEPCO’s Edison Place Gallery, hosted by the WILL Organization. His contribution to the exhibit won him special honors. Solomon believes, that amongst the many voices in the Arts community and society in general, the narrative of the African immigrant is overlooked and, those who identify as LGBT are often not heard. Solomon’s goal in his art is to help start a dialogue within not only the “Art World”, but society in general, in hearing the voices of the African diaspora; their trials, tribulations, and concerns.

Solomon is proud to be represented at AFRICA WORLD ART GALLERY (AWAG), 2311 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC ( AWAG’s mission is to bring the diverse, rich, supple, creative, cultural, and beautiful arts and crafts from Africa and of African descent to the wider world. Through paintings, sculptures, carvings, textile, and fashion materials, as well as other artifacts that represent the Africa peoples and cultures, AWAG showcases the depth, breadth and reach of African art and African Artists.

Africa World Art Gallery is located at 2311 Calvert St. NW.