Tutani Mugavazi

Born in 1975 in Guruve, northern Zimbabwe, he is the second in a family of eight. Growing up with his uncles, Luke and Francis Mugavazi, themselves renowned sculptors, provided a natural transition for this young boy to develop an interest in art and craft. School holidays were spent with his uncle, Francis, whose mentorship played a key role in honing the skills of this young artist.

At only twelve years of age, Tutani had his first customers. Soon his father realized the potential in his young boy and bought him his first tools at the age of thirteen. He later introduced him to Tom Blomefield, founder of the Tengenenge Sculpture Community.

While still at secondary school, Tutani's pieces found their home in National Gallery of Zimbabwe and when he left school in 1992, he became a full time sculptor.

In 1993 he jointly exhibited his art work with his uncle Luke Mugavazi and this, marked the beginning of his career as a professional sculptor with his sculpture exhibited in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.