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Zimbabwean masters carve life from stone


The first thing that strikes you at Rwavhi Fine Art in Parkview, Johannesburg, is the huge wood sculpture outside. In the garden there are more sculptures, inviting viewers to pause for appreciation.

In Faces at Rwavhi Gallery, an exhibition running until mid-December, 30 Zimbabwean stone sculptors are showing their work.

Arthur Manyengedzo is one of them. “I learnt stone sculpturing from my auntie,” he says. “I have been doing it for 20 years, having started in 1996.
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Nyandoro’s time of international glory


Gareth Nyandoro is the Financial Times Emerging Voices Award-winner. He has become a well-known name in the local as well as the international contemporary art scene. Gareth Nyandoro, the 2016 Financial Times Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award-winner, takes us through what it means to win such an outstanding award not just for him, but for Zimbabwean art and artists.His vibrant, abstract depictions of commercial life in Harare, not only rewarded him with the winning prize, but have also awarded him international acclaim. Continue reading Nyandoro’s time of international glory

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Zimbabwean art goes to Venice Bienalle 2017


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The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is for the fourth time set to participate in the Venice Biennale next year. Zimbabwe’s first appearance was in 2011 and then it participated in 2013 and 2015. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has a mandate to curate exhibitions locally and internationally, and the Venice Biennale is a vibrant platform which enables the gallery to do so.This coming edition will be yet another exceptional moment in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s endeavour to promote Zimbabwean art and culture on the international art scene. The 57th Biennale, themed “Viva Art Viva”, entails an expression of passion for art and for the state of the artist. It has been designed with the artist, by the artist and for the artist. It also deals with the forms they propose; the questions they postulate, the practices they develop and the forms of life they choose.
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Zimbabwe Annual Exhibition returns


As Zimbabwe’s oldest and most significant arts event on the arts calendar, the Annual Exhibition was first launched as the National Annual Exhibition in 1958, and indirectly led to the creation of the much acclaimed Zimbabwean Sculpture Movement during the 1960s and 70s. The National Annual Exhibition, later relaunched as the Zimbabwean Heritage in 1986 was meant to celebrate the pinnacles of Zimbabwean achievements in the visual arts, taking off were the National Annual Exhibition had left off.
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Thinking Beyond the Extinction of Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture.


By Alois Vinga

“Happy Independence Day Zimbabwe Today 18 April But you are more than 31 years old You are an ancient land of old, Dating far back to the mighty days The days of MaDzimbabwe The days when animals and man could speak The days when man had no greed in his heart The days when your children lived as one.”
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Pablo Picasso And The Influence Of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture


Today, Picasso art-works seem to have transcended time as his works continue to be some of the most sought after pieces in the world by both collectors and investors. A little known fact until recently, was where Picasso garnered some of his inspiration. It may come as a surprise, but Picasso was most certainly influenced by Zimbabwe’s shona stone sculptures.
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Gareth Nyandoro, scoops Financial Times/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award



Gareth Nyandoro won the $40,000 prize in the art category, at the second Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards held in New York on Monday. The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards recognise the most inventive and creative fiction writers, film-makers and artists from emerging market countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Go well Peter Birch


Peter Birch, who has died aged 85, was for over two generations the foremost developer of artistic talent in Zimbabwe. Along with Dulce Wesseik, he established an art school that he later moved to what had been the Acropole Hotel, a sprawling residence on the edge of Greenwood Park that had belonged to one of the then Salisbury’s (now Harare) early mayors.Here, at what was to double as his home, he enthusiastically gave classes to toddlers right through to elderly amateurs while telling stories about his early life. Continue reading Go well Peter Birch

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Metal sculptor Arthur Azevedo exhibits new stlye

'Bull' by Arthur Azevedo

Sifting through the pages of catalogues from yesteryear, one is most likely to come across the name of an artist of great repute. This artist is Arthur Azevedo; a force that has exhibited here in Zimbabwe and abroad, with his stalwart style of metal sculpture being identifiable for its minimal use of material and maximisation of anatomy being the definitive basis for Picasso’s summation of the art form; “Sculpture is the art of intelligence”
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Chataira’s unrecognised talent


Many people are familiar with the term “starving artist.” This stereotype of impoverished artists struggling to get by has been true throughout much of history. Fine art painters and metal sculptors in particular, lead this poverty-stricken crop of artists. Artists, writers and musicians can all fall into this group, which is robbed of the credit they deserve for their genius. Mbare-born Raymond Chataira, a metal sculptor, has never enjoyed the glitz and glamour of showbiz life, despite his great works of art. Speaking to The Standard Style on Wednesday, Chataira spoke about how “middlemen” in the arts sector were reaping where they did not sow.
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Zimbabwean art proves popular at FNB Jo’burg Art Fair


The FNB Johannesburg Art Fair held last week is one of Africa’s biggest contemporary art fairs and Zimbabwe is always represented at the fair. In previous years the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, via its Chief Curator Raphael Chikukwa, has been invited for the talks programme.
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Looking for an investment? African art is hotter than gold


(CNN)Amid strong demand and skyrocketing prices, contemporary African art is increasingly attracting the attention of investors worldwide. While that might irk the purest at heart among some art collectors, it is a testament to the growing interest that African artists have spurred on the international markets.
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Artists urged to embrace internet


AVAC Arts Director Terrence Musiyiwa says local artists should embrace the use of the internet to develop their business. Avac Arts is a Zimbabwe-based African visual and contemporary arts organisation that promotes African art and assists artists in sales. AVAC Arts also helps artists to be part of art promotional activities such as local, regional and international exhibitions. This is done through the use of information and communication technologies.
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Artwork of the Week: Telling Secrets By Ndandarika Joseph

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This sculpture speaks on true friendship by means of the sub rosa element which its name implies. Although somewhat malevolent, the sculpture is expressive of confidentiality, reliability and trust. The convention of trust is a human necessity that is synonymous with association, affiliation and amicability; virtues that are well definitive of friendship. All things being equal; a friend is someone in whom one can place their trust.

International Friendship Day was established to promote friendship and fellowship among all humanity; regardless of their race, colour or religion and to be recognise its relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world. It is observed on July 30 each year.

The International Day of Friendship is also based on an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today’s world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering development.

On this International Day of Friendship; cultivate new warm ties that strengthen humanity and promote the companionship of all.


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I will not drink again – the Rodney Badza interview


I happened to pass through First Floor Gallery Harare for the opening of Rodney Badza’s eclectic exhibition “The Creator’s Palette”. The exhibition which is a selection of his work in various media ranging from drawings, photographs, prints, illustrations, paintings, ceramics and sculptures sets Rodney in a unique class of contemporary Zimbabwean visual artists who are not afraid to stretch their creative abilities to create awe inspiring work.
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The creators palette exhibition set to open at the First Floor Gallery Harare

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First Floor Gallery Harare will from June 1 open a unique exhibition by Rodney T Badza titled “The Creator’s Palette” at 31 Lyric Heights in Harare. This will be a show of Rodney’s work for the past four years.
The Exhibition will showcase a series of works, including drawings, photographs, prints, illustrations, paintings, ceramics and sculptures.The exhibiting artist Rodney said the theme “Creator’s Palette” tags him as the creator of his artworks and the brainchild behind each composition.

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What is a Dream Catcher?

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Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times by Ojibwa people.

They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers.

The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.

Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle. The red willow and twigs from other trees of the willow family, as well as red twig dogwood can be found in many parts of the United States.

These twigs are gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life.