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Artist of the moment……Lawrence Mukomberanwa

Lawrence Mukomberanwa is a Shona artist born in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in the year 1976. The artist began sculpting as a child with the encouragement of his father, first generation shona artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa.  In addition to being an artist Lawrence Mukomberanwa studied to be an airline pilot. He became a pilot and worked in the field before choosing to become a full time professional artist. His mother was also a shona artist named Grace Mukomberanwa. She will be an upcoming post soon, the mother of so many artists must be noted in more depth!

Lawrence enjoys working with the face but also is very abstract in his approach. In fact some works actually look like three dimensional cubist works.

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Great to see the bloodlines of this great artistic family!

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Artist of the moment…….Anderson Mukomberanwa

 

 

Anderson Mukomberanwa was a son of the legendary Shona artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Anderson Mukomberanwa was born in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in year 1968. Anderson was schooled in many mediums including printmaking, painting, and sculpting.

The artist attended college in Harare, Zimbabwe with the idea of working in the science industry, but after graduation decided to pursue an artistic career instead.

Other famous sculptors that were brothers of the artist include Taguma, Lawrence, Ennica, Netsai.

Anderson Mukomberanwa passed away in 2003 due to complications from cancer, he was only 35 years old.

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What a great style Anderson Mukomberanwa had, I can’t help but think of the artist father son relationship of other artists such as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, or even N.C. and Andy Wyeth. Who knows how great Anderson Mukomberanwa could have become if he had even reached the age of fifty. Let us remember life is often times to short to tackle everything we would like to accomplish!

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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!

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Artist of the moment……Witness Bonjisi

Witness Bonjisi is a shona artist born in Mudzi, Zimbabwe in the year 1975. He is renown for his works featuring the female figure and face. Bonjisi comes from an artist filled family as three siblings went on to become artists.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $8,000.

Bonjisi began sculpting in 1992 with first generation shona artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Polishing and helping to finish works by others he began work on his won in 1997.

In this clip we view a work from 2010:

Below we view another wonderful sculpture by Bonjisi.

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Artist of the moment….Nicholas Mukomberanwa

Nicholas Mukomberanwa was a Zimbabwe sculptor renown for his work with soapstone. Mukomberanwa was born in the year 1940 in what used to be Rhodesia, but is now Zimbabwe. His father worked in the mines.

Made his first sculpture out of clay when he was fifteen years old.

As he was educated in Mission schools he developed a unique blend of christian and African things.

Worked on the British South African Police force for fifteen years. It was very risky for the artist to give up the police force job as he had 8 children, but the gamble paid off and he was able to accomplish his dream.

Was included on a stamp for the country’s independence day.

In 1962 he met the man who was the director of the National Gallery who convinced the artist to take up sculpture.

Started exhibiting his work internationally in 1964.

The artist served as a mentor to not only his children, many who became artists, but also to other African artists looking to improve their success.

Received many awards from the government of Zimbabwe over his lifetime.

In this clip a curator tells us a brief background of the Shona sculptures and how the movement came to be:

Mukomberanwa passed away in 2002.

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