Godfrey Kututwa’s education was cut short by lack of funds to pay school fees and by his own physical disability- he cannot speak and is almost completely deaf.
Godfrey began sculpting at the age of 21 as a result of encouragement from Claud Nyanhongo, one of Zimbabwes leading artists (several of whose sons and daughters also sculpt). For several years he stayed and worked with Claud, mostly in Chitungwiza, a high-density village, about 20 kilometeres from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
Since 1996 he has been working on his own and has established himself as an artist capable of creating powerful and expressive sculptures.
His subject matter is taken mostly for the natural world; animals, birds and human figures – sometimes interacting in portrayals that reflect Shona ancestral spirit beliefs.
Through his sculptures Godfrey has found an eloquent means of expressing himself. He comments, My work will stand for my voice to the world.
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