Posts Tagged ‘shona sculpture’

Artist of the moment……Norbert Shamuyariro

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And in this clip a brief interview with the artist. Some works are shown at the 3:30 minute mark of the clip:

Norbert Shamuyarira is a great Shona sculptor from the country of Zimbabwe. The artist was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe in the year 1962. He was seventeen years old when he began to sculpt after meeting legendary sculptor Bernard Takawira. Norbert Shamuyarira served as a studio assistant for Takawira for four years before beginning his own workshop in 1984.

The artist has lived a tough life as far as his family is concerned as his mother died when he was nine years old. His father left the family after that. A brother then committed suicide. The artist says he doesn’t know what true happiness is.

I think its just great that someone whose life has been so difficult can still make something so unique and beautiful.

Thanks to Nannus for starting us on the path to learning more about the Shona sculptors!


Artist of the moment…….Agnes Nyanhongo


Agnes Nyanhongo is most likely the most famous and successful female sculptor on the continent of Africa. Agnes Nyanhongo was born in the year 1960 in Nyanga, Zimbabwe to a family of artists well known in their region of Africa for their stone carvings. She learned to carve by watching her father. For her artistic education she moved to Harare, the largest city of Zimbabwe by population, and studied art for three years.

In this clip we view a gallery show and see the artist at work at home in her studio:

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Enjoys portraying the struggle of women and women’s rights. Nyanhongo reminds me of very much of Elizabeth Catlett.

Similar to the Inuits portraying Shaman or the Goddess Sedna, Nyanhongo also enjoys portraying the myths and legends of her culture.


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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