Type of Stone: Leopard
Stone Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 5 inches
The sculpture is of Wangu, sitting and holding her sore foot. Half the distance done, the rest still to be done, but fatigue and pain is taking its toll. Yet, she remains resolute and confident that she will get there, whatever it takes.
Farai was born in 1986, Murehwa, Zimbabwe. He is the 5th born in a family of 9 Children. He grew up and completed his secondary education in Chitungwiza. Being the grandson of Gabriel Tandi, one of the pioneers of Shona Art, and a son of Thomas Tandi a world renounced sculptor, Farai grew up surrounded by art. He was inspired by Thomas Tandi, his father, and at the age of 10, he started carving. Almost 70% of Gabriel Tandi ‘s children and grand children are artists. Farai says, carving is in his blood and it’s his sixth sense. Farai enjoys working on hard stones and specializes mainly in fine art and abstract creations. Farai ‘s work has been exhibited all over Europe, America, Australia, Africa and Asia and has won a couple of wards including the Agio Exhibition Award at the Chitungwiza Art Centre’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.
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