Posts Tagged ‘shona’

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.


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.


Artist of the moment…..Joram Mariga

Joram Mariga was one of the first generation of Zimbabwe’s shona sculptors. Joram Moriga was born in the year 1927 in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. The artist’s parents were both artisans. His mother was a potter and his father a wood carver.  Mariga is given credit for being the first shona artist to work with the green stone called soapstone.

Mariga was married four times and had eight children.

Started carving professionally in 1957. By the late 1960s Joram Mariga was considered the finest of all the shona sculptors.

Mariga’s art has graced the covers of national stamps in his homeland of Zimbabwe.

Joram Mariga passed away in 2002,  from injuries sustained in car accident.

Mariga was vital to the careers of many second and third generation artists of Zimbabwe.

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Mariga is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.


Artist of the moment……Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is a shona sculpture artist from Marondera,  Zimbabwe born in the year 1942. He started off working as a laborer in the tobacco fields. At the age of 24 years old he moved to the urban city of Harare, Zimbabwe in order to get a better job working for a major beer brewing company. His favorite subjects to carve are animals, spirits, and mythical creatures.

Considered part of the first generation of shona sculptors.

He began sculpting at a sculpture community in northern Zimbabwe in the 1960s.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe held a career retrospective honoring the Mubayi during 2008.

In this clip Mubayi gives us a brief history about the first generation shona sculptors:

In this clip we see Mubayi at work:

In this clip the artist explains in detail about a work titled “Mother-Buck.”

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Artist of the moment……Shona artist Gedion Nyanhongo

Gedion Nyanhongo is a sculptor born in Nyanga, Zimbabwe in the year 1967.  The Nyanhongo family  tree includes many professional artists the first profiled here was Agnes. I enjoy reading about the history of any family produces multiple generations of artists. Some families profiled here include the Wyeths, the Peales, the Gruppe family, and the many Inuit families of artists an example would be the Ashevak family. A family from the Aboriginal style of artisans would be the Petyarre. Each culture usually has a family or two whose sole purpose seems to be to create art! Gedion Nyanhongo was born into one of these families embedded in the national culture of the country.

Gedion’s father Claud Nyanhongo was considered a first generation shona sculptor as he shona sculpture began in the late 1950s.

Gedion worked a period of time as an apprentice to an older established artist friend of his father named Joseph Ndandarika. Below an example of Ndandarika’s art.


In this clip a brief interview with Gedion Nyanhongo:

In this clip we go to a gallery show:

A link to the website off Gedion Nyanhongo:

Gedion Nyanhongo works out of Zimbabwe and Phoenix, Arizona.

Gedion has a son named Courage who is also a professional sculptor.

Sold his first sculpture at the age of nine to a woman from Hong Kong. The sculpture he made was of the moon.

Married with four children.

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