Posts Tagged ‘african art’

Artist of the moment……..Colleen Madamombe

Colleen Madamombe was a Shona artist born in Harare, Zimbabwe in the year 1964. Colleen Madamombe earned a diploma in fine arts from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. For the artist’s subject matter she enjoyed portraying the strong African women. She often worked portraying women doing something of their daily life including chores like carrying water, going to the market, and even having a child.

In the artist’s native of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe International Film Festival the first place trophy after one of her characters.

Colleen Madamombe won the Best Female Artist of Zimbabwe three times.

In 1986 she married a fellow artist named Fabian Madamombe. Before she met him Colleen worked as a painter but after helping her husband with some projects Colleen began to produce sculptures. Below is an example of a mother and child sculpture by Fabian Madamombe.


Colleen Madamombe passed away in 2009.

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In this clip we visit the studio of Colleen Madamombe:

Yet another family of talented artists!


Artist of the moment…….Wellington Nyanhongo

Wellington Nyanhongo is another artist from the Nyanhongo family. His sister is famed artist Agnes Nyanhongo. Other siblings including Gideon and Moses are also Shona artists. Wellington Nyanhongo was born in the year 1970 to first generation Shona artist Claud Nyanhongo.

Wellington Nyanhongo earned a college degree in sales but chose art as his career path.

From Gallery Sur we view a brief interview with Wellington Nyanhongo:

Began to carve as a youngster by serving as an apprentice to his father, sanding and working on various finishing textures for the work of his father, Claud.

The favorite stone for Wellington Nyonhongo is springstone.

The artist enjoys portraying the bond between humans and nature.

From an artistic standpoint,I am impressed with the size and expressiveness of the hands.

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Artist of the moment……Moses Nyanhongo

Moses Nyanhongo is a Shona artist born in Zimbabwe in the year 1981. Moses Nyanhongo was inspired my many other relatives that were artists but his main inspiration was his artist father, Claud Nyanhongo. Moses worked as an apprentice and assistant to his father before beginning his own studio.

In 1999 he moved from the countryside to the big city of Harare where he joined his many siblings and other relatives who were full time professional artists.

He enjoys working with the figure.

Moses Nyanhongo is based out of Harare, Zimbabwe.

About his work Nyanhongo states he is striving for contrast and texture. The artist also strives for a great contrast with light and dark colors.

Began exhibiting his own work with show at the Chapungu Sculpture Park located in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2002.

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More to come soon other artists from this remarkable family of creativity!


Artist of the moment……..Brighton Sango

Brighton Sango was a second generation Shona artist born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1958. The artist was quite ground breaking in his style becoming one of the more abstract inspired shona artists.

The artist was part of the Tengenenge Sculpture Park. He stayed here less than one year as he didn’t enjoy being around the other artists. He thought his artwork was being too influenced by the other artists.

The artist has a brother Bywell Sango, who is also a professional artist.

Brighton Sango took his own life and committed suicide in 1995.


Artist of the moment……Gladman Zinyeka

Gladman Zinyeka was a first generation Shona artist born in Zimbabwe in the year 1962. His father was a painter and some siblings also went on to become artists, they will be profiled shortly. Some themes of the artist include the family and also the balance and harmony that we strive to exist between man and nature.

Some works remind me of some Inuit artists who blend the two human forms together in a very abstract manner.

He first experimented with sculpture by attempting to carve birds. He would watch other older artists, and then invent his own technique.

Gladman Zinyeka was able to start his own hoe studio in 1994.

The artist was an important member to family members and anyone looking for help in the art world.

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Gladman Zinyeka passed away in 2000.


Artist of the moment…..John Takawira

John Takawira was a first generation Shona sculptor born in Chegutu, Zimbabwe in the year 1938. His father worked for the local police. John Takawira was inspired to make art by his mother and also two brothers who also became professional artists, Bernard and Lazarus, the latter I have already written about. John Takawira worked with the figure and also with birds. His work was an exciting blend of realism and abstraction with great variation of textures within his work.

Takawira began sculpting seriously at the age of twenty with the assistance of his uncle, Joram Mariga. His work was shown to Frank McEwen, the leader of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and John Takawira attended some workshops at the National Gallery. After this experience the artist was always on a forward path and began his professional career. This was in the mid 1960s.

Had his work shown for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City in 1969.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

During the early part of the next decade Takawira would be put on the international stage via some works that were shown at some top museums in Paris, France. His works were the most acclaimed by the critics.

An eagle made by the artist was given to Pope John II.

John Takawira passed away in 1989.

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Artist of the moment…..Shona artist Edward Chiwawa

Edward Chiwawa is one of the first generation of Shona sculptors and artists born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1935.

Began sculpting at the age of 35 years of age in 1970.

Chiwawa was able to learn and master his craft with the help of Henry Munyaradzi, another well respected Shona artist who happened to be his uncle.

In this clip we visit the artist for a brief interview. A happy fellow indeed!

His favorite theme and subject is the sun and the moon. Chiwawa works in a very stylistic and abstract manner. For the sun and the moon which are represented by simple circular shapes.

Based in a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Artist of the moment……Shona artist Amos Supuni

Amos Supuni was a shona that was actually born in Malawi in the year 1970. Months after he was born his family moved to Zimbabwe. Got involved with sculpting as a teenagerĀ  thanks in part to a Catholic nun who worked hard to furnish supplies for the youngsters. His breakthrough happened in large partĀ  due to the Catholic Silvera House Center which trained people for jobs in the community.

Whilst living with the nuns Supuni was able to travel to another African country named Tanzania. Here he learned how to produce prints and to work with fabrics and the art of batik.

The artist enjoyed teaching the art of sculpture to others.

Amos Supuni had came to the United States and lived in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The artist was killed whilst looking for food to feed his family in 2008. The artist was in the country of Mozambique. He was 38 years of age. It was a shock to people that he passed away so young.

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The fact that this artist died so young should inspire us all to work hard and savor every moment of life!


Artist of the moment….Nesbert Mukomberanwa

Nesbert Mukomberanwa was born in Buhera, Zimbabwe in the year 1969. He learned to sculpt from his famous uncle, a first generation shona artist named Nicholas Mukomberanwa. The artist studied under his renowned uncle for two years before striking out on his own.

The family has at least 8 professional artists so look for their name to come frequently here the next couple of weeks. Gotta love those art family dynasties!

price range information: Works range from $500 to $4,000.

Nesbert Mukomberanwa works with the figure often. Many works include the mother and child theme. What I love most about his work is the floral work. Its odd that we find a shona artist or Inuit artist work that shows us a flower. Very elegant and unique at the same, just like a real flower!


Artist of the moment…….Lazarus Takawira

Lazarus Takawira is from a long standing family tree that includes many professional artists. Lazarus Takawira was born in Nyanga, Zimbabwe in the year 1952. He was the youngest of three brothers. His mother was a professional sculptor.

Brothers are John and Bernard. Both are renown sculptors and John has passed away.

Was able to mentor under shona master Nicholas Mukomberanwa and learned to put his feelings and emotions into stone. He enjoys working in very large format and size.

price range information: Works range from $1,600 to $10,000.

The artist enjoys working with the female form and face. In his artist statement Takawira tells us every sculpture he produces is a homage to women.

Collected by Prince Charles of England.

Part of the collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Lazarus Takawira is based out of Ruwa, Zimbabwe.


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