The artists represented in the "artists" section are only the main artists Chapungu represents. Chapunugu represents many more artists than those listed on this website. If you do not find the biography of the Zimbabwean artist you are interested in please contact us and if we represent your artist we will send you a copy of that artist\\\'s biography.




Fanizani Akuda
Born in 1949 in Zambia

Fanizani Akuda came to Zimbabwe in 1949 and is much loved and respected by the art community there.

After working as a basketweaver, cotton-picker, brickmaker, woodcutter and cattle herder, he came to Tengenenge where Tom Blomefield asked him to try his hand at sculpture. He refused, saying he was not able to do such work, but agreed to dig 30 tons of stone for other artists. When finished, Blomefield paid him and handed him a bag of sculpting tools, asking him again to try.

His early works reflect a distinctive style, which has become his trademark. Soft rounded forms, eyes split horizontally, an acute perceptiveness, and a sence of humor, give his work immediate appeal. He lived many years among the most important sculptors of Tengenenge. He now lives in Harare with his wife, Elina, and seven children. He has exhibited extensively and has a devoted body of collectors worldwide.





Dominic Benhura

Born in 1968 in Murewa

At the age of 10, Dominic Benhura began to assist his cousin, the sculptor Tapfuma Gutsa. Soon after, he started to create his own works. Many formative years were spent at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Today, he is regarded as the creator of some of the most cutting-edge Zimbabwean sculpture, with one-man exhibitions in Zimbabwe, Australia, Belgium,Holland, Germany and America.

His subject matter is extensive, including plants, trees, animals and the whole gamut of human experience. Benhura has an exceptional ability to portray human feeling through form rather than facial expression.

He continues to lead by experimentation and innovation and has created many memorable works.





Lamech Bonjesi

Born in 1973 in Mutoko District died in 2003

The oldest of three brothers, Lamech Bonjesi worked with the late Nicholas Mukomberawa. His large sculptures have a compelling power, almost expressionistic in their emotional intensity. His heads, with features askew, owe much to the formal approach of the late Mukomberawa. There is an almost crude, raw strength not apparent in Mukomberanwa\\\'s work, which was of greater finesse.

Good sculpture need not be beautiful or easy on the eye, but Bonjesi\\\'s use of the rawness and roughness of the uncarved stone of ten contributes to the beauty of this sculpture.





Square Chikwanda

Born in 1972 in Mvurwi
Square Chikwanda came to  Tengenenge as a boy of 7. After finishing primary school he learned to sculpt, developing his own distinctive style, and soon making carving his full time occupation.

He has traveled to Holland and conducted sculpture workshops on various occasions and spent 2 years on the residence program at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Here he was inspired to create his finest works. With
encouragement and assistance Chikwanda could become a formidable artist.





Stanford Derere

Born 1956 in Makosa District

Stanford Derere attended the BAT Workshop of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe where a foundation course allowed him to explore a variety of media for sculptures. It is natural that he incorporates stone, metal and wood into his sculptures of birds, studies at close quarters of any avian species, Indeed Derere\\\'s sculptures are a panorama of the bird life of Zimbabwe.

Stanford Derere\\\'s work is well loved in many countries by bird lovers. He is able to detail not only the appearance of the bird but its behaviour, and often his sculptures are of two or three birds in a given situation. The movement of the bird is somehow apparent in his sculptures. There are sculptures of birds about to fly and sculptures of birds pecking the ground, and sculptures of two birds singing their songs of love.

Stanford Derere sculpts what he knows best, the lively bird life of  his rural background. He knows and loves his
subjects, and replicates it with truth and honesty.


 

Arthur Fata
Born in 1963 in Harare

Arthur Fata received formal art training in Bulgaria and has travelled widely, attending workshops and exhibitions in many countries.

Although he is more acclaimed in his larger works, he also creates very emotive smaller sculptures. At home with the hardest stone he often experiments with texture and unworked surfaces.
Formidable technical skills allows him to sculpt almost anything that inspires him, and as such his subject matter
covers a wide range.

 


 
Alfred Gutsa

Born 1975 in Mutoko District

Alfred Gutsa is the younger brother of the renowned Zimbabwean sculpor, Tapfuma Gutsa.

In 1999, he enrolled at the Dominic Benhura workshop in Greendale, Harare, and has worked there ever since. Only 32 years old, he has developed outstanding technical ability, which, combined with his very innovative ideas and imagination, result in sculpture which is distinctive and often full of humor.

Under Benhura\\\'s  patronage, Alfred Gutsa has grown in stature and confidence, and the future holds much promise for this exciting young artist.





Jonathan Gutsa

Born in 1961 in Murewa

Jonathan  Gutsa learned to sculpt under the tutelage of this renowned brother, Tapfuma Gutsa and seems to have inherited his ability to create deeply expressive sculpture.

He spent two years at the Chapungu Resident Artist Program, and created some outstanding works during that time.

During recent years, his works mainly of heads or couples, have been characterized by great sensitivity, capturing moods and feelings, often trance like, and imbued with longing, sadness, or contemplation. Because his works are quieter, he is sometimes overlooked. Jonathan Gutsa is a mature and extremely perceptive artist.





Tapfuma Gutsa
Born in Harare

"The Western world has long borrowed from Africa. I find no problem in borrowing from them", argues Tapfuma Gutsa, while creating works such as Tribute to Matisse. He regards himself as an international artist with African roots, whose inspiration is drawn from sources worldwide.

Sometimes politically charged, his work is also capable of great poignancy.

Tapfuma Gutsa is acknowledged as the leader of the second generation of artists and is much admired for his support of many young artists. In1997, his one-man exhibition in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe was regarded as the finest in many years.