Cephas Mashaya was born in Nyanga on the 25th of April 1981 in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Cephas is a natural born artist who started sculpting at an early age of six. Though he just started sculpting as a hobby at a tender age herestarted it seriously while in high school when he worked as an apprentice to his brother Tinei Mashaya, a well-respected artist in Zimbabwe and abroad.
It was with no surprise that after high school he joined Nyamhuka Craft Centre in Nyanga where he excelled beyond expectations. This opened new windows of opportunities for him as he was called to join his brother’s studio, The Mash Home Gallery in Greendale, Harare. This is where he is still working from at present.
Cephas is one young artist whose works portray mans affinity with nature. He has a touch of beauty, which reaches out to sublime and yet its firmly entrenched in the realities of life. Having developed his own unique style, his themes often display a joyful, whimsical side to them. It is his hope and ambition to convey and expose the intricacies of not only the Shona culture and spiritual beliefs but those of much larger and world embracing cultures.
He is comfortable working with a wide variety of stone types. No wonder his works have been exhibited in many countries like, Germany, USA, South Korea, Holland, England, South Africa, Italy, Canada, Columbia and Belgium.
His aspiration is to contribute significantly to the sculpture movement in Zimbabwe.