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…

Culture Fund, EU unveil culture grants

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI THE Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust has called for project proposals from players in the arts and culture industry following funding by the European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe to the tune of ₧300 000 to strengthen the capacity of artists. Culture Fund projects officer Simbarashe Mudhokwani said the initiative, dubbed Creative Actions…

The Contemporary Stone Sculpture Movement of Zimbabwe and its origin

In Zimbabwe, the Shona people were traditionally known as “the People of the Mist”, since they inhabited the mist-shrouded Inyanga Mountains, from whose stone their descendants have been creating extraordinary sculpture over the past century or so. The Shona are the oldest and also the largest ethnic group in the country, and the legendary guardians…

Zimbabwe sculptor’s fame written in stone, worldwide

By Nelson Banya Harare — When Dominic Benhura started creating traditional Zimbabwean stone sculptures as a teenager four decades ago, he never imagined that art would bring him fame or fortune. Born to a poor family in Murewa, 90km northeast of Harare, Benhura is now a globally acclaimed artist and a leading proponent of the…

New Sculptures from the Chitungwiza Sculptor Community

For the month of March we are going to be uploading artworks from the Chitungwiza Arts community. We decided to focus more on larger and very unique sculptures from the centre. The guys are doing some very good work there. For a minute you actually forget all about whats happening around the world with the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wellington Chingondi – Insights on Zimbabwe visual art scene

Born in Mhondoro in 1977, Wellington Chingondi started sculpting in 1996 at the famous Tengenenge arts community founded by Tom Blomefield in Guruve. Inspired by the master sculptor Bernard Matemera whom he has very fond memories of,Wellington was taught sculpting by his brother in law Takawira Chikwanyanga Wellington believes sculpting is about subtraction because you…

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…

Artists Gear Up For 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards

The annual PPC Imaginarium Awards is gearing up for its 2019 edition in Zimbabwe. Online registrations that opened in July 2018 were closed 30 November 2018 and all is set for the next phase of the competition that is open to entrants in the creative arts. This prestigious competition challenges artists to test their skills…

Zimbabwe pledges 2000ha to AU for the Wakanda One village Concept

By Sydney Kawadza The Zimbabwe government has pledged 2000ha to the African Union for the Wakanda One village to be shared by Zimbabwe and Zambia as part of joint development efforts across Southern Africa. Wakanda One village is a concept that seeks to rope in Africans living in the Diaspora in spearheading development at identified…

‘Blood Relatives’ comes to National Gallery of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition returns this year, featuring new artworks from emerging, mature and reputable artists within the borders of Zimbabwe and the Diaspora. The theme for this year’s Annual is Blood Relatives. The Zimbabwe Annual Art Exhibition has over the past provided curatorial-based themes in a bid to stimulate the best reinterpretation through…

Zimbabwe-India ICT conference – Major boost for Zim’s ICT sector

India has expressed interest in partnering Zimbabwe in the growth of information communication technologies (ICT). The call was made at the Zimbabwe-India ICT Conference held in the capital under the theme, “Zimbabwe – India Bridging the Digital Divide” where a business delegation from the Indian ICT sector met with local players. The Confederation of Indian…