Born in 1973 Harare
Lovemore James is now a resident artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park.
He often creates abstract or semi-abstract forms. Many of his works have a spiritual dimension, reflecting on the connection between the living world and the world of spirit.
He often leaves part of the outer blanket of the stone, thus creating a visually stimulating effect. He uses many different textures to create an image both striking and harmonious.
James is a young artist of considerable talent who has shown his work in many exhibitions. He is now beginning to create some of the best work of his career.
"For me, stone is the most innovative form of cultural and spiritual expression", comments James.
Born in 1967 in Centenary
Kadzungura completed his"O" levels in St. Albert's Secondary School in Centenary before being apprenticed to Damian Manuhwa, the famous first-generation artist.
From the beginning, this young artist was inspired by the natural shapes of the stones as they appeared from the quarries. These forms continue to influence him. Kadzungura only works in harder stones, preferring Springstone, Marble and Verdite.
In 1997, Kadzungura was chosen for the Chapungu Resident Artist Program, where he continues to work. His subject is comprised mainly of groups of people-often-children singing, in prayer, in discussion, or in mourning. There is a tenderness and often a sense of poetry in these gentle images.
Born in 1956 died in 1999
Biggie Kapeta was apprenticed to his uncle Sylvester Mubayi for some years before working independently, although the influence of Mubayi was often reflected in his work.
A quiet, considerate man he was chosen for the residence program at Chapungu where he spent two very creative years, During this period he finished a number of fine sculptures.
Before his untimely death he tried to establish a cultural centre at his home in Chiweshe where he could assist young artists to market their work.
Born in 1970 in Murewa
Benjamin Katiyo's early ambition was to become a preacher, but he was inspired to take up sculpture by his younger brother Royal, a much acknowledged Zimbabwean sculptor.
Katiyo works in Springstone and gives this material life by the use of many different textures and polishing techniques.
Mainly acknowledged for his ability to express human emotion in smaller works- desperation, sadness, joy, togetherness, grief-he is now beginning to venture into much larger pieces, often depicting aspects of his own culture. Katiyo is a very determined, hard working, enthusiastic and talented artist whose works will be included in many future exhibitions.
Born in 1972 in Murewa
A determined and exciting young artist who started carving on the Gavazi Springstone claims in the hills of the Great Dyke near Mvurwi.
Katiyo's subject matter is still limited and sometimes repeated, but his works often have an endearing and humorous quality, with evidence of a developing but acute perception. He prefers harder stones especially Springstone, Dolomite, Lepidolite.
A danger to his future career could be that the popularity of this birds, heads and tortoises force him to repeat them, but he is aware of this, and continuously extends himself in larger works and new subject matter. Much can be expected of him.
Born in 1961 in Chivu District died in 2001
For many year, Mavis Mabwe worked with her famous uncle, Nicholas Mukomberanwa. In spite of his strong influence, she was always able to retain her unique style.
In 1995, she joined the Chapungu Resident Artist Program. For the next four years, she produced some spectacular and powerful works. Her spontaneous laughter and joyfulness influenced everyone, and her dedication and determination to succeed were much admired.
In 1999, her son became seriously ill, and she spent all her time and financial resources nursing him back to health. In 2001, she died, and a potentially brilliant career was cut short. She is remembered with much affection.
Born in 1964 in Harare
Colleen Madamombe came to Chapungu Sculpture Park in 1987 to help polish her husband's sculpture. Encouraged by her friend Agnes Nyanhongo, she soon began to sculpt and has achieved much success. Her smaller works,mainly robust female figures, have an instant attraction, much charm and humor.
Her major works, many created during her years in residence at Chapungu, show originality, deep insight into the role of women in Zimbabwe, and strong, individualistic style.
Perhaps her most important work, The Birth, depicts in two large pieces of Opal Stone, a rural African birth.
Born in 1953 in Kadoma
Fabian Madamombe is well-versed in sculptural form and the relationship of mass and space. He has made monolithic sculptures and semi-abstract pieces. Stone in its natural state, appeals to Madamombe. His work succeeds as powerful and potent sculpture, relying neither on polish or finish.
His large sculptures have tremendous impact; the eye is not drawn by detail or decorative elements of the stone. There is a raw power about his work, something elemental and crude, in the best sense of the word . Yet he also possesses the ability to capture exactly the essence of his subject matter.
Madamombe's work has been exhibited locally and internationally.
Born 1952 in Rusape
Damian Manuhwa is a much respected first generation artist with a long and dedicated career in stone sculpting. He continues to create fine work and has won numerous awards.
Generally he finishes and polishes his work to perfection but recently has experimented with textures and unpolished and unworked surfaces. Manuhwa has encouraged and supported many young artists and his works have been shown in all major exhibitions..