March 23, 2022
A second generation artist born in 1977 of a Tonga mother and a Sena father, in Mhondoro, Zimbabwe. During secondary school, Boet went to live with his grandfather through whom he met, and was inspired by, renowned sculptor Tinashe Makaza.
He was also influenced by Samuel Masakwa, as well as some of ZimbabweÕs best artists including Dominic Benhura, Ignatius Zhuwakiyi and Garison Machinjili.
He started sculpting full time at the age of 20. In 2010 and 2012 he won awards at the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA). Evident in almost every sculpture he carves is his love of women and children.
Boet shows the reunion of mother and daughter after an extended period of separation. In Shona custom, this normally happens when schools close and children visit extended family members, usual grandparents in rural areas. In this piece, the little girl, upon seeing her mother runs towards her, and they hug each other affectionately. She is thrilled to be back home and the mother can't hide her happiness at having her daughter back.
MOTHERS KISS IS THE BEST
The artist captures an ordinary moment between mother and daughter, immortalizes it in stone, and makes it unique, special and enduring. The mother wants her princess to feel loved, cherished, and secure. She is determined to set a good foundation for a loving and thriving relationship between herself and her daughter.
Boet's works bring out the seemingly mundane events in the lives of women and children for the world to notice and celebrate. In this piece, a little girl of three years has completed a sack race at a sports day at the local preschool.
Though she has come last, her mother and the rest of the school rise up in jubilation, cheering and applauding her as she advances towards the finishing line. Her mother runs along her side cheering her up and, at the end of the race, lifts her up and throws her in the air, showering her with praises.
The little girl can't hide her gratitude as she beams with excitement, for at the age of three, she understands not failure but participation. The mother understands that affirmation is critical at this formative stage of her child. She needs to build her confidence to just enjoy the simple things that life can offer.
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