I try to put more ideas into each piece so each splutter is new. But you have a collection of images to call on as memories of your experiences. For the future? I wish I could carve a huge sculpture, but this would take a lot of money. I am looking for a mountain! It would be a massive sculpture in which people could live.
Arthur Fata was born in Harare in 1963 and studied Fine Art at the B.A.T. Workshop school (within the National Gallery of Zimbabwe). It was here that he first used painting, printmaking and textiles as well as sculpture to express his ideas. This exploration with new technique has been evident in his work ever since.
Fata is perhaps unusual with the Second Generation for the training and overseas experiences he has received. On completion of his course in Zimbabwe he spent periods in England, Portugal and Bulgaria studying the fine arts in a variety of environments and contexts. As a result, his work relates easily to international audiences and continues to be strengthened by such encounters with new techniques and ideas.
Like Dominic Benhura, Fata endlessly experiments in combining materials such as wire, wood, string and steel with sound stone carving techniques. Always ambitious and rarely intimidated by difficulties with resources, skills or opinion he challenges himself to be different and speak to growing audiences with relevance and authority.
Live video footage of Arthur can be found at https://youtu.be/hmXB-WaoD2c