Pardon Mapondera creates textile works fashioned from plastic bottles, straws and thread that ruminate on the burgeoning ecological crisis that is set to displace swathes of people in the coming decades.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, he applied to study at the National Gallery Visual Art and Design (former British American Tobacco School of Art) after being encouraged to do so by his brother and mentor, the well-established visual artist Wallen Mapondera. He successfully graduated in 2016. He is represented in a number of prominent collections, both in Africa and Europe, and received awards and recognition for his work. In August 2020, Pardon Mapondera was a runner-up in The Emergence Art Prize, organised by THK Gallery with support from Rand Merchant Bank.