Gilbert Mutasa is from the Rusape Makoni district in Zimbabwe. He was born on 24 August 1985 in a family of eight, he is the second born. He did his primary level at St Luke’s Makoni primary school in Rusape Manicaland and later ended his schooling at Farai primary school in Chitungwiza, Mashonaland. He attended his secondary education at Nyafaru Inyanga, in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.
Gilbert grew up in a family of artists. His father Gregory, his uncles’ Joe and David Mutasa are among the most renowned Zimbabwean sculptors, both locally and internationally. He was inspired by his mother’s late brother Shepard Bushu.
Gilbert began his career in sculpting at the age of 12 in 1997 at his uncle Joe’s place during his school holidays. In that time he gained some skills and experience and then his father finally taught him how to perfect the artwork, as well as helping him to market the pieces.
At the age of 16 he was seriously sculpting using various types of stones. His first sculpture was Mother and Child and he sold many. His ambition was to follow his father’s footsteps doing stone carving. Gilbert now works in abstract form and elegant animals, all in hard stones.
We feel privileged to host an exhibition of this highly-acclaimed spiritual and yet truly contemporary artwork. It is quite thought-provoking that these sculptors are producing such inspiring work despite the political unrest in their country.