Type of stone: Spring Stone
Dimensions: 24 x 10 x 5 inches
Born in 1982 in the rural district of Rusape, Zimbabwe, Stephen is one of five brothers who are renowned sculptors in their own right. He started assisting his brothers Julius and Rufaro at the age of 10, learning the art form.
He moved to Chitungwiza in 2000, with the ambition of advancing his skills as a stone sculptor and gain more exposure. His art explores love and human relationships. He moves effortlessly between representational and abstract interpretations, experimenting with texture and form.
Each stone is a sculpture in waiting, the stone tells him what to do.
In 2012, He was featured in 3 exhibitions during his residence with zimArts in Canada, stone Diaries 11 at the Distillery District in Toronto, Shona D’Afrique V111 on the West Island of Montreal and Rice Lake X111 at the Rice lake Gallery.
The most dedicated of artists display a high degree of integrity, never copying and still working entirely by hand, with spontaneity and a confidence in their skills, unrestricted by externally imposed ideas of what their "art" should be. Now, over fifty years on from the first tentative steps towards a new sculptural tradition, many Zimbabwean artists make their living from full-time sculpting and the very best can stand comparison with contemporary sculptors anywhere else.
The sculpture they produce speaks of fundamental human experiences - experiences such as grief, elation, humor, anxiety, and spiritual search - and has always managed to communicate these in a profoundly simple and direct way that is both rare and extremely refreshing.
The artist 'works' together with his stone, and it is believed that 'nothing which exists naturally is inanimate' - it has a spirit and life of its own. One is always aware of the stone's contribution in the finished sculpture and it is indeed fortunate that in Zimbabwe a magnificent range of stones are available from which to choose: hard black springstone, richly colored serpentine and soapstones, firm grey limestone and semi-precious Verdite and Lepidolite.Read More