About the artist:
Stone sculpture is the art form that most represents the people of Zimbabwe. The exuberance of the work, the variety of stone and the imagination and skill of the sculptors, have resulted in extraordinary critical acclaim internationally. The art combines a strong contemporary feel with an ancient cultural heritage.
Marine House at Beer is now offering a collection of work by world renowned Dominic Benhura and a number of his colleagues. This is highly collectable work.
Artists whose work is in the show include:
Born in 1968, Dominic Benhura has become one of Africa's greatest contributors to the world of contemporary art. He began sculpting as a young boy under the instruction of his internationally acclaimed sculpting cousin, Tapfuma Gutsa,and has developed one of the most recognizable and contemporary sculpting styles in the world. He has won numerous awards for his work, and in Johannesburg in 2003 was delighted to be invited to meet Nelson Mandela, after which, one of his pieces was installed in the permanent collection at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
Dominic Benhura has emerged as a Zimbabwean sculptor who is highly regarded internationally. His pieces are regularly exhibited in the USA, the UK, and Europe. This is truly collectable work.
Born in 1978, John Gutsa enjoyed arts and crafts since he was a child and subsequently came to Harare to learn from his older brother Jonathan. In 2000, he joined the Dominic Benhura studio, where two of his brothers were already working. Apprenticed to them, and learning from their encouragement and technical expertise, John began to express himself and use his imagination within his own works. John exhibited with his talented family at Alliance Francaise in Zimbabwe, and has subsequently had work in many exhibitions in South Africa and the UK.
Born in 1981 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the oldest in a family of three, John showed an early interest in art and sculpture and experimented with different media as a hobby.
Today, John works with contemporary sculptor Tonderai Marezva whose support and understanding has helped John to excel as a prominent Zimbabwean sculptor. Both sculptors show a departure from traditional Shona sculpture to a more contemporary experimental style of stone sculpture.
Born in 1969 in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, Nesbert began to study sculpture in 1987 under the tutelage of his uncle, renowned first generation sculptor Nicholas Mukomberanwa. (Nicholas was one of the most famous and internationally respected artists of the Shona sculptural movement and was a prestigious teacher.)In 1998, Nesbert
created The Village Gallery, a workshop for promising young artists to train and a place to exhibit his art collection and that of his new artists.
International group exhibitions have featured Nesbert’s work in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
Tonderai Marezva, born in 1974, began sculpting in 1991 when he was still at school. Eager to develop his sculpting skills, in 1999 he was invited to the Artists programme at the famous Chapungu Sculpture Park for a year as a resident artist.
Outside of Zimbabwe, Tonderai is rapidly being recognized as one of the most deep thinking sculptors of today, a sculptor who cuts across the work of his peers and elders.
His work has been seen widely in the UK and other European countries.