I was born to world-renowned sculptor Sylvester and his wife Eneresi in Mazowe, Zimbabwe. I did my primary education in Marondera and later moved to the capital, Harare for my secondary education. After having pursued my studies for 13 years, I finally found myself in the real world in 1994.
As a young kid I would sit and watch my dad at work, then slowly I began to play with his chisels and files, without doing anything meaningful really. However, as I grew older I discovered that doing sculpture served as good therapeutic exercise for me. I started to enjoy carving, not necessarily for the financial rewards but more so for the feeling of contentment that it gave me. It was only a question of time before I realized that I could actually earn a living through sculpting and in 1996 I finally took it up on a professional level.
There are four fundamental components that I would like to be inherent in all of my work, these being, foresight, understanding, freedom and love.
I feel comfortable carving human figures, animals, birds and abstracts alike- Im particularly fond of carving hands, they are expressive, busy and within an individuals palm one can read the story of that individuals life. I feel a strong urge to juxtapose subjects so that theres a variety of works, some of it very experimental, even if it means eschewing immediate financial gains.
I seek to capture the audiences attention in each particular piece, each piece becoming a manifestation of concepts, which in itself is a coherent being, raising questions and providing answers at the same time. Not necessarily being ethereal, but rather being full of meaning both aesthetically and ethically- to delight the senses and mind. My dream- for each sculpture to be pure poetry in 3D form!
I get inspired from within and from nature, when I observe how nature, through decay and erosion, sculpts driftwood into sculpture that rivals the efforts of some of our finest sculptors I feel at once chastened and even more inspired. From the knowledge that a man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault, I draw personal inspiration to tread untested waters.
To a lesser extent I also feel inspired by Zimbabwes foremost sculptors like Tapfuma Gutsa whose works have set a very high standard within the Zimbabwe stone sculpture movement. My ambition is not only to emulate but hopefully one day to eclipse the best works produced on the Zimbabwean sculpture scene.
EXHIBITIONS AND WORKSHOPS
- 1st Biennale Mobil Heritage
- International Granite Workshop
- Workshops and Exhibition Retrospect
- The Dominic Workshop
- International Workshop
Certificate of Excellence in Visual Arts
FOOT NOTE: Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours each set with sixty diamond minutes; no reward is offered, for they are gone- forever.
Lost, Two Golden Hours- Horace Mann 1796-1856.