Artist of the moment…….Dominic Benhura

Dominic Benhura is a shona sculptor from Zimbabwe born in the year 1968 in what at the time was Rhodesia, but is now part of Zimbabwe. Like many shona sculptors, he came from a tough childhood. His father was died before he was even born. Raised by his mother he was an excellent student. In addition to stone the artist works with steel, wire, Most of his shows have been in Europe but he has started to make a name for himself in the United States.

Part of the second generation of shona sculptors. He is internationally renown and collected.

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In this clip by a gallery owner representing Dominic Benhura at Art Basel Miami  we learn more about the type of stone the artist enjoys working with. I found it interesting to hear about the different types of stones used and their characteristics. I hope to find this same information as it pertains to the Inuits and their type of serpentine or granite stone.

A link to the website of Dominic Benhura:

http://www.dominic-benhura.com/index.html

As the result of being an excellent student, he moved to another town to study and for period of time lived with a cousin who was a professional sculptor, Benhura was ten years of age at the time. After helping to polish some finished pieces belonging to his cousin he thought why not try to sculpt something himself. He sold his first work at the age of twelve years of age.

In this clip we view a piece titled “rejoicing” by Dominic Benhura:

In this clip we visit another sculpture showing children at play;

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