Grace Cross Zimbabwe, b. 1988

Grace Cross is a painter who enacts symbols that represent questions about home, about assumed gender roles in the domestic sphere, and about security of space today for the foreign body. The artist is part of the international feminist artist collective the Femme Gems, the drawing collective Open Drawer Projects based in South Africa and the Chicago-based greenhouse art ecology project Uptool. 


„I want each object I select to paint to be imbued with ritual power, a kind of sympathetic magic. … They are neither static nor passive, these objects and their images, but alive in their associations and entanglements.“


Grace Cross was born in Harare in 1987. She completed her MFA in Studio Arts at the School of Art and Art History of the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, US in 2016 and holds a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town (2012) and a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she was co-awarded the Judy Steiner Painting Prize (2010). The artist has been awarded grants from the National Arts Council of South Africa and from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her works are included in the collections of the Spier Arts Trust and the University of Cape Town among others. Grace Cross lives and works in Cape Town, ZA.