Tom Blomefield was a crook: Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is one of the remaining First Generation of Zimbabwe Shona Stone Sculptors still living. We caught up with him at his studio in Chitungwiza where he shared with us his art journey which began as a serendipitous encounter with the maverick art promoter Tom Bloomfield in the streets of the former Salisbury (Harare).…

Zimbabwe sculpture artist bullish on growth of Chinese market

by Gretinah Machingura, Zhang Yuliang HARARE, — Despite obtaining a motor mechanics diploma at a private college in Harare, Tendekai Tigere Tandi finds himself surviving on stone sculpting, something that he started as a hobby while in his pre-school age. Tandi is one of Zimbabwe’s self-taught, third-generation stone sculptors at Chitungwiza Arts Center, and he…

Shona Sculpture highly valued beyond Zimbabwe

By Kumbirai Tarusarira In recent decades Zimbabwe has become globally recognised for its arts and sculpture and it is one of the African countries that stands firm in appreciating its culture. Shona sculpture has become world famous, having first emerged in the 1940s. The most common subjects of carved figures include stylised birds and human…

Carl Joshua Ncube to feature at the International Festival of the Bright Minds in Pueblo, Mexico

BY PRECIOUS CHIDA TOP stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube says there is more to Zimbabwe than President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa who tend to dominate news headlines about the country. The jester who has since branded himself as a professional speaker told NewsDay Life & Style on Friday, ahead of a trip…

New Products online – October Special Promotion

Please visit our online store to view new products this October. Prices are discounted to promote International art trade this year due to low tourist arrival in the country. Wholesale Facility Featured Random Products Walking Elephant Dancers (True Lovers) An Angel visited me in my dreams (2 piece sculpture) Mukombe neHari (Gourd and Clay Drinking…

Zimbabwean Sculpture shines at Atlanta Airport, enjoys up to 22 million views per year

You may already know that Atlanta is home to DSTV’s popular news network CNN or that Atlanta is where Coca Cola the maker of your addictive fizzy drink is run from. But did you know that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL) in Atlanta, the United States, is not only the busiest airport in the world…

Lack of funding crippling artists in Zimbabwe

BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO YOUTH, Arts, Sport and Recreation deputy minister Yeukai Simbanegavi has admitted  that the Arts Development Fund was moribund and needed to be revamped to extend a lifeline to artists from different disciplines to bankroll their projects. Artists, who included award-winning filmmaker Melgin Tafirenyika, actor Albert Charichafa Brown, former PPC Imaginarium award winner…

New and Original Stone Sculptures by Blessing Mutorozo and Personal Zenda available online

As AVAC Arts we try to support the efforts by upcoming younger artists. Please visit our online store to view new works uploaded by Personal Zenda and Blessing Mutorozo. Featured Publications: Wholesale Facility Featured Artworks: Lullaby Together we can stand Raging Fire Play with me Happy Spirit Nesting Birds (Family)    

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…

New Stone Sculptures available online

Please visit our website to view new works available from our online store. Featured artists include Edson Kangadza, Witness Bonjisi, Donald Chapenga, Tawanda Kapusi and John Monera. We hope you will enjoy the collection and we greatly would appreciate gettting feedback from you. Here is wish you a great week!!!! Featured Stone Sculptures: Naturally beautiful…

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…

Cultural Trust to launch Cultural Expo

BY DUDUZILE NDLUKULWANI MATABELELAND Cultural Awards Trust will this year host an inaugural two-day cultural expo themed Umthwentwe from May 25 to 26 in Bulawayo in a bid to revive and safeguard the region’s cultural traits. In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, the trust’s chief executive officer Philani Ncube said they were inviting…

Festival set to bring spark to showbiz

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO A NEW international festival of dance, Mafuwe, is set to light up the showbiz scene from August 16 to 18 in Harare, at a time a lot of festivals are folding due to the economic meltdown. The festival, to be held under the theme Invisible Boundaries, is the brain child of Germany-based…