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Born in 1969, in Marondera, Zimbabwe and attended Prince Edward School in Harare where he finished Ordinary Level in 1986.
He developed an interest in sculpture in 1990 and trained as an apprentice under Tonderai Murenzva and Lincoln Muteta, who are renowned artists in their own rights.
In a space of two years, it was apparent that Alexander had attained enough exposure and experience and subsequently felt confident enough to develop his own unique style which he named “Shadows in the Stone” (Muvhuri Mudombo). He has a theme that resonates in all his works. He calls this thematic content “Voices of Reality”
Boet Nyariri is a second generation artist born of a Tonga mother and Sena father in 1977, in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe. Evident at his studio, is his love for women and children as depicted by almost every sculpture he carves.
During his secondary school years Boet went to live with his grandfather where he met Tinashe Makaza, a renowned sculptor who impressed young Boet and together began sculpting. He was also influenced by Samuel Masakwa ,as well as the younger pool of Zimbabwe’s best artists which include the likes of Dominic Benhura, Ignatius Zhuwakiyi and Garison Machinjili.
He started sculpting fulltime at the age of 20 and his work is centered on mother and child relationships.
Boat was an Artist in residence at Chapungu Sculpture centre for almost 8 years between 1997 and 2004 and is an award winner in the sculpture category at the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) held in 2010 and also in 2012
He is currently based in Chitungwiza and is working independently from his studio.
Bonjisi was born on the 8th January 1985. He completed his primary education in Ruwa but, due to financial difficulties, could not proceed to secondary education.
At the tender age of 14, he had no option but to follow in the footsteps of his brother Lameck Bonjisi, a prominent sculptor in his own right. When his brother enlisted him as an apprentice, he received the experience required and mastered all the secrets of the art. For a few years, he worked alongside Lameck but later decided to follow his own dreams and work independently towards his personal vision.
Though working independently, his style remained intertwined with that of his brother, with both artists consistently portraying the same thematic content. His brother remained his mentor throughout his career.
Sadly, Lameck passed away, leaving brother Lovemore to carry the torch and continue the family name which still dominates the arts industry.
Lovemore Bonjisi works in Harare and specializes in modern art.
Godfrey was born in 1967 in Honde Valley in Zimbabwe. Though physically incapacitated, he did not allow his physical impairment to derail and rob him of his dream or limit him in any way. Unable to speak and almost completely deaf, he started sculpting at the age of 21 encouraged by Claud Nyanhongo, one of Zimbabwe’s leading artists (whose sons and daughters are also artists).
For several years Claud stayed with Godfrey in Chitungwiza and mentored him. Since 1996, he has been working independently in his own studio and has since found his own style as he feeds the language of nature into his sculptures, focusing on nature and the human form, coming out with powerful and expressive sculptures.
Born in 1976 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Tonderai grew up with the love of art and started sculpting in 1993, having been inspired by his elder brother who at the time was the Resident Artists Program at Chapungu Sculpture Park.
In 1999 he underwent apprenticeship training under the direct supervision of his brother at Chapungu Sculpture Park. While working at Chapungu he would watch and greatly appreciate other artists in residence at the Sculpture Park, most of all Dominic Benhura, who encouraged him to be original in his approach to Sculpting. He is dedicated to his art and constantly re invents himself in order to maintain his unique style.
Stewart Chapenga was born on the 7th June 1983 in Guruve, northern Zimbabwe. A chance encounter with the Rural Community of Sculptors at Sanganai Art Group marked the beginning of Stewart’s passion for sculpture, in which he proved to have skill and talent. He learnt the basic techniques at Sanganai, under the guidance of his elder brothers, Casten and Tavengwa who encouraged him to develop his own style.
Stewart is inspired by the mystery of daily life. He is a good observer of human emotions and movements. His work consists of sculptures of an abstract nature involving universal topics, appealing to people all over the world. He works with different types of stone and he is a true master of movement as is shown in his unique pieces.
Born in 1970 in Rusape in eastern Zimbabwe, Shephard’s achievements in art date back to his primary school years in the 1980’s when he created numerous outstanding portraits, either by drawing or making clay moldings. These were often displayed in offices and classrooms. As he progressed to secondary education, he did not lose interest in art and was truly inspired by Job Kekana’s wood carvings at St Faith Mission School in Rusape.
Shephard moved to Chitungwiza to stay with his cousin Moses Masaya (1949-1995), one of the first generation stone sculptors who contributed much to what Shona sculptors enjoy in Zimbabwe today.
His sculptures turn towards near-abstract and cubistic; mostly human faces which are styled with sharp lines to express feelings or states of mind. He has also begun to merge his trademark with more curvilinear and naturalistic forms influenced by objects such as rocks and leaves, coming up with powerful images of originality.
Shephard’s work has been exhibited in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.