Born 1940 in Buhera. Died 2002
Nicholas Mukomberanwa studied woodcarving at Serima Mission and became an early member of the workshop school at the National Gallery. Frank McEwen was much impressed with his early work and encouraged him to sculpt full time. Since those early days he has become perhaps the most acknowledged sculptor of Zimbabwe.
At his one man exhibition in London's Commonwealth institute in 1983, Michael Shepherd of the Sunday Telegraph wrote "A carver at the very top of his form-full of ideas and exhibiting all the sculptural and artistic virtues one could hope to see together. His name is Nicholas Mukomberanwa from Zimbabwe, but you can forget the word ethnic, for this is sculpture of world quality and interest, deeply human, spirited in every sense, and superbly skilled".
Until his sad death in 2002 Mukomberanwa continued to lead by creating exceptional sculpture of the highest quality.
Born 1931 in Guruve. Died 1998
When asked what Chapungu should title the one man exhibition of Munyaradzi in 1988, Tapfuma Gutsa replied immediately " call it The Magic of Henry-how else can one describe what Henry does to stone?"
Purity of form-great simplicity-an ability to capture the essence of the subject matter and minimal but precise execution, are the qualities inherent in the work of Munyaradzi. His sculpture blends the simplicity of the primitive with stylized sophistication and he became one of the most prolific and sought after of all Zimbabwe sculptors, with works in public and private collections worldwide.
Born 1964 in Rusape
Coming from a family of sculptors, Mutasa initially carved representational heads and figures for the tourist trade, but then came to Chapungu Sculpture Park where he met many committed sculptors, who urged him to create art rather than mass-produced repeated themes.
Within a few years his works drew attention and in 1997 three large works were included in the Kirstenbosch show in Cape Town to much acclaim. He prefers harder stones- Springstone, Granite, Lepidolite and Dolomite and is inspired by family, daily life and the environment.
Joseph Muzondo is considered one of the finest artists of the second generation, being equally at home in printmaking, painting, drawing, textile design and sculpture.
His greatest impact however has been in sculpture, where his comment on social issues is dramatic, incisive and emotive. These works are composed of various sculpted sections fitted together to create the whole.
An artist of great talent and integrity.
Born 1968 in Chimanimani
Apprenticed to the late Joram Mariga, Fungayi Mwarowa works on hard stones and realizes new possibilities for stone sculpture in Jade, Leopard Stone, and granite. He is foremost amongst Zimbabwe's sculptors in searching for new stones to use, stones with a startling aesthetic presence, suited to his exploration of the human figure, somewhat in the manner of the late Henry Moore.
Fungayi Mwarowa wishes his work to be accepted as good sculpture as well as a prime example of his own tradition. His work is somewhat mannerist and very studied, formally moving towards the Italian tradition of sculpture in Marble.
Mwarowa spent many years at Chapungu, and is admired both for his ability with the hardest of stones, and for his patience and understanding when conducting workshops.
Born 1956. Died 1991
Apprenticed as a youth to his grandfather, a famous n'anga (traditional healer), Ndandarika later became one of the earliest members of the workshop school in the National Gallery.
Also a very talented painter, McEwen described Ndandarika as a universal genius who has worked in every possible medium. He was always a leader in his field and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, having works in important collections worldwide. He dedicated himself to portray in stone many of the cultural beliefs of his people, and much of his subject matter dealt with this aspect, but he was also a master of human expression and intereaction between people. Certainly one of Zimbabwe's major talents whose works are still widely sought after, and whose influence is still strongly felt.
Born 1957 in Highfield
Rachel Ndandarika represents her pride in the dignity of women in her sculpture. Formerly married to the late Joseph Ndandarika, her sculptures stand for the need for men to realize there is no longer such a thing as a "woman's world", but a world in which men and women are equal. Her women in stone, like like herself are strong and stalwart, determined and driven to succeed.
Rachel Ndandarika is an invited artist of Chapungu Sculpture Park. A compelling personality, to whom people are instinctively drawn, she is a successful and fascinating woman as much as a successful woman sculptor.
Rachel's smaller sculptures are intimate and appealing while her larger works are powerful and expressive depictions of themes from her own culture.
Born 1957 in Bulawayo
Taylor Nkomo is a well known painter and print maker. As a sculptor he transfers a stone, a thing of beauty into an even more beautiful object. Taylor Nkomo is an invited artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park, where he is known for sculptures which are always elegant and consummately graceful.
His work is described as elegant and formally striking. His subject matter deals with rural life, and the beauty and dignity that people lend to everyday tasks that ensure their survival.
Born 1960 in Nyanga
Agnes Nyanhongo is considered one of the most important Zimbabwean artists and certainly the most acknowledged sculptress. She is from a strong sculpting family and works with the hardest stones, preferring Springstone, Leopard Stone and Nyanga Stone.
She is inspired by the role of women in traditional society and the interaction between family members. Her work is characterized by a sense of peace, calm and inner dignity. With considerable courage in a predominately male profession, she has led by creating strong and powerful works. She is an important African woman and is much respected and admired by her community.