Types of Stones used by Zimbabwean Sculptors

Zimbabwean art is very unique to itself because of the styles and stone types used. In this article we try to describe the types of stones which are used by Zimbabwe stone sculptors. Some of the stone types are more commonly found and used such as Opal stone and Springstone. Some are still fairly new…

Tom Blomefield Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture pioneering promoter dies.

Tom Blomefield (95) one of the initiators and pioneering promoters of contemporary Zimbabwe Shona sculpture has died in Holland. Blomefield who founded Tengenenge Art Community at his farm in Guruve in 1966 died on Wednesday morning. In a statement on facebook, his son Stephen Blomefield said his father will be sorely missed by tens of…

Gomo the most important Sculptor in Zimbabwe: US Ambassador

The U.S. Embassy Harare ambassador, Brian A. Nichols heaped praises on contemporary sculptor Gideon Gomo calling him the most important sculptor in Zimbabwe. Speaking at the official opening of Nhungo, Gomo’s solo exhibition at Village Unhu on Thursday, Ambassador Nichols said Gomo is creating art that is really speaking to the moment in Zimbabwe and he is…

Jay Z falls in love with Zimbabwean Art

Hip Hop mogul Sean Carter popularly known as JAY-Z recently purchased an art piece titled “Tengwe farms” by acclaimed contemporary visual artist Moffat Takadiwa. Yesterday’s edition of The New York Times posted a picture of the Hip Hop mogul standing in front of the art piece at his Roc Nation offices in Los Angeles. Zimbabwean art is highly sought…

Isaac Takavada shares his insights on Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Born as the 7th child in a family of 8, Issac Takavada was to be taught sculptor by his brother Percy Mukeda. Isaac once had a stint with the famous Chapungu Gallery but he is now based at the Canon Patterson Çrafts Center, Mbare, Harare. According to him the sculptors at the cooperative make a…

Isaac Choloka shares his insights on Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Working from his base at Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Isaac Choloka is a towering figure just like the massive sculptures he loves to carve. Choloka started off as a cartoonist. One of his big sculptures had been selected to be put up at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa but in an unfortunate twist of events the…

Simon Samhere shares his insights on Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Simon Samhere is your typical Shona Sculpture who is true to the culture. He believes it’s his duty to remind Zimbabweans of their culture and traditions as most people have lost respect for their culture and have been swallowed up by Western culture. Simon was initiated into sculpture by his brother Caleb Samhere and the…

Martin Matimura: Gardener turned Sculptor

Martin Matimura is a bundle of energy and full of confidence. His story, a true from rags to riches type of tale. Martin chronicles how he started of as a gardner for Lameck Bonjisi, becoming his assistant and finally his manager and confidant. With the death of Lameck Bonjisi, Martin decided to become his own man…

Decline in tourism affecting sculptors: Chamunorwa Manyore

The Canon Paterson Craft Center in Mbare is an artists cooperative established in 1973. Currently, it has a membership of fifty artists who work from there. According to sculptor Chamunorwa Manyore who is also the secretary for the center, the major problem facing the art collective is marketing. Manyore bemoans the dwindling number of tourists coming into…

Lawrence Arufaneti – Insights on Zimbabwe visual art scene

Lawrence Arufaneti a sculptor working from the Canon Paterson Craft Centre in Mbare believes the quality of sculpture currently being produced in Zimbabwe is much better than it was back in the past. According to him the first generation sculptors used to do very simple pieces of sculpture unlike the new generation of contemporary sculptors…

Sculpture depicts Zimbabwe economic crisis

Reality imitates art sometimes and other times art imitates reality as captured by oppressed/thoughtful an abstract sculpture by Edmore Sango. Sango believes quite a number of Zimbabweans are not so happy and they are always thoughtful because of the economic hardships. “The money they earn is not enough, they think a lot during month ends trying…

Sculptors need more spaces to work from: Personal Zenda

Personal Zenda is a stone sculptor based at Chitungwiza Arts Centre. He joined the Arts Centre in 2013 working as an assistant to Tamuka Njanji washing and polishing his sculptures. Now a sculptor himself, Percy as he is popularly known makes sculptures in the form of human and many other figurative creations. Percy believes that…

Government should provide grants to support artists: Farai Tavengwa

Government assistance in the form of grants or loans will go a long way in supporting artists according to Farai Tavengwa a sculptor from Chitungwiza. Farai believes the grants or loans will enable artists like him to purchase the necessary inputs required to invest back in their work.

Ambrose Shambare calls for stiffer penalties on copyright infringement

Copy cats are a menace in the visual art scene and Ambrose Shambare does not hide his disdain for people who copy other peoples work. Despite copyright laws being present Ambrose does not see their effective implementation and accuses some buyers of fueling the scourge in an effort to pay less and short change original…

Doreen Sibanda shares insights on the Zimbabwe visual art scene.

We passed through the National Gallery for the official opening of the exhibition “AtWork”. Mrs Doreen Sibanda, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, shared some insights on the current state of the Zimbabwean visual art scene. Doreen believes that despite the difficulties Zimbabwe has been going through over the past few years, the…

If you want to be in art business, come to Zimbabwe: Tafunga Bonjisi

We caught up with sculptor Tafunga Bonjisi who having spent the last ten years in South Africa is back in Zimbabwe “for good” and promises fireworks on the visual art scene. Inspired by his late brother Lameck Bonjisi and Nicholas Mukomberanwa,Tafunga shares some insights on the state of the Zimbabwe stone sculpture. According to Tafunga,”If…

 Zim Dancehall: A story of a generation’s hopes and aspirations.

That Zim Dancehall has captured the hearts and souls of many a Zimbabwean is no secret; naturally the growth of the genre has divided opinion. While some quarters dismiss it with contempt as a passing fad, others applaud and gladly embrace it is as a serious creative force to reckon with. In contemporary Zimbabwe, the…

Mannex and Zimreggastra Take Reggae Uptown

Zimbabwe’s top reggae crooner, Emmanuel Motsi aka Mannex and his Zimreggestra band will be taking his ground breaking act uptown at the PaPosition Bar and Lounge in Avondale this Friday, 22 June, 2018. Mannex, who used to perform with legendary reggae band, Transit Crew, as a lead singer, promised to put up a polished act…