Born 1960 in Centenary
Moveti Manzi from Tengenenge incorporates the imagery of the Yao masked dances into his dark and mysterious sculptures. Long undulating figures and tapering conical heads symbolize the dancers and the masks they wear. Moveti Manzi is the son of Josia Manzi, whose stylized version of the Yao dancers in various stones are complimented by his humorous renditions in stone of the protagonists of Yao folk lore.
Long elegant sculpures topped with mushroom heads are also a feature of Moveti Manzi's work His sculptures show the formal accomplishment of the sculptures of his father Josia. There is no diversion of form by way of worked texture, or the decorative qualities of stone.
Moveti Manzi has made a series of rainbirds and eagles with long, elegant necks and powerful beaks. His work is represented in the Permanent Collection of Chapungu Sculpture Park, and that of Tengenenge.
Born 1927 in Nganga, died December 2000
Known as the father of Zimbabwe stone sculpture, at 73 years old Joram Mariga was still very active and still led by example. His career was inextricably linked with the early days of the art movement and from his Nyanga studio he influenced many to take up stone sculpture, including John and Bernard Takawira, Moses Masaya and Chrispen Chakanyuka; the latter being influential in starting the Tengenenge art community. Much admired by Frank McEwen he "Whispered the Gospel of sculpture" throughout Zimbabwe and was regarded with much affection and respect.
His own works often reflect his cultural beliefs in a very strong and distinctively personal style.
Mariga died tragically in a road accident in December 2000. The sculpture movement lost it's father and mentor.
Born 1960 in Nyanga
Eddie Masaya trained under his relative, the acclaimed first generation artist Moses Masaya. After 2 years he joined Brighton Sango in Guruve and together the two artists spearheaded, with Tapfuma Gutsa and Norbet Shamyuyarira, the second generation of sculptors. In his early years he liked to highly polish all his pieces, but now prefers textures and unworked surfaces, and in this field has become a master; content sometimes to merely suggest an image before declaring the sculpture complete.
Masaya is a committed artist of exceptional technical skill whose work comments on both traditional values and contemporary issues.
Born 1981 in the Eastern Highlands
Cephas Masaya started sculpting at the age of six. After school, he was apprenticed to his relative, Tinei Mashaya, another very promising young sculptor. He presently works at the Mashaya Home Gallery in the Greendale suburb of Harare.
Already, his works have been displayed throughout the world. He is regarded as a committed young sculptor with great potential. His aspiration is to contribute significantly to the art of Zimbabwe.
Born 1946 in Guruve. Died in 2002
Bernard Matemera was a founding member of Tengenenge. He was, for many years, the symbolic leader of the community. His uncompromising and powerful images are now found in public and private collections throughout the world.
His artwork is very African and sometimes grotesque in imagery. Initially difficult to assimilate, they are often emotive and project a deep sense of pathos. Animals, spirits, people, creatures, and the metamorphosis between them are the subjects of his sculptures.
He is highly acclaimed and has been described as one of the best stone sculptors of our time. Zimbabwe lost an exceptional and unique talent when Matemera died in 2002.
Born 1974 in Mvurwi
After Jonathan Mhondorohuma spent six months at Tengenenge learning the basics of stone sculpture from Square Chikwanda, he moved to Harare. He had the good fortune to work with the master sculptor Joseph Ndandarika, whose influence can be seen in Mhondorohuma's command of composition, fluidity of line, and composure of expression.
After Ndandarika's death in 1991, Mhondorohuma was chosen for the Chapungu Resident Artist Program. He has been closely associated with the park ever since. His subject matter is extensive, but almost always involves human activity ranging from expressions of cultural custom and legend to village activity and sleeping children.
Born 1946 in Harare. Died 1999
Uli Beier, the acknowledged German art promoter and writer, in his book Contemporary Art in Africa (1968) described Mteki as the most important artist of the emerging workshop school of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
A founding member of the school, Mteki created strong monolithic heads in those early days which remain amongst the most uncompromising and stark images of the genre.
Small in stature with a much troubled personal life he has left a legacy of exceptionally powerful sculpture.
Born 1942 in Chiota
Dedicated to his own traditional beliefs and customs Mubayi is inspired by the fusion of spiritual and earthly worlds and of human and animal iconography. He comments "I know my culture-I know how to supplicate my spirits".
Since the early days of Tengenenge in 1966 he has been an influential figure, winning many awards to much acclaim. Mc Ewen described him 1981 as "The greatest stone sculptor of this century".
Certainly Mubayi is capable of creating works so powerful ad uncompromising that one flinches before them, and others so sensitive and tender that one is deeply moved.
A committed family and community man he is as proud of the amateur football team he founded and supports, as he is about his sculptural achievements.
Born 1969 in Harare
Encouraged initially by his brother Cosmos, Gift has worked at Chapungu Sculpture Park since 1989, always with great determination, application and perseverance but with little acclaim and little financial success.
Over the past 5 years he has begun to experiment with much larger works, often carving numerous pieces which comprise the final work. In Beer for the wedding four young women each with babies on their backs and beer pots on their heads, move rhythmically one behind the other. Entranced by the Mbira is another exceptional sculpture which captures a female Mbira player completely lost in her music. These large innovative works, have met with immediate acclaim an suggest reserves of fine sculpture for the future.