Zimbabwean Shona Sculpture
Zimbabwe is renowned for its Shona stone sculpture which is like none other in Africa. These contemporary African sculptors broke with traditional African art under the influence of Cubism which in turn had been influenced by African art. Shona sculpture has been called the most important art movement from Africa in the 20th century. It has been exhibited in the finest museums in Europe and the United States.
These sculptures are carved from serpentine which is similar to the soapstone used by Inuit sculptors and whose work resembles the Shona sculptures in certain respects. The Shona also use granite and other native stone. They carve their work with hand tools only.
Whistling Man by Fanizani Akuda
Fanizani Akuda Obituary
- FANIZANI AKUDA - Friends Forever Zimbabwe
In the early hours of February 5th, 2011, Fanizani Akuda passed away. We have lost one of the most significant Master Sculptors of Zimbabwe, who was an active artist for 45 years.
Waterfowl by GVM
Guinea Hen by S. Bakata
Pigeon or Dove by S. Bakata
Shy Girl by LazarusTakawira
Of his inspiration he says: “I only sculpt women.
They are the most important sex because they are the
source of all life, of all beauty, and of all joy for man. Women drive everything in our
lives and as a sculptor, with every work I do I pay homage to the women in my life,
who have made me what I am now.”
Lazarus’ work is held in the permanent and overseas collections of the Zimbabwean
National Gallery, as well as various public collections around the world, including the
Musée Rodin in Paris, The World Bank in New York the Africa Museum in Belgium
and the Museum of Bombay, India. At the Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition during the
Commonwealth Games 1990 he was presented to the Queen, whose heir, Prince
Charles, has collected his work.
Hawk by WHM 1996
Small stone head by Fanizani Akuda
Spirits in Stone, San Diego Museum
- SDNHM Shona: Spirits in Stone
Extraordinary one-of-a-kind stone sculptures by Zimbabwean Shona artists will be exhibited and sold to benefit the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, October 11-26, 1997.