Type of Stone: Spring Stone
Dimensions: 38 x 14 x 10 inches
Norbert Shamuyarira was born in Chinhoyi, northern Zimbabwe, in 1962. Losing his mother when he was only nine years of age and his father leaving the homestead shortly thereafter, was devastating for young Norbert. Not long after that, he also lost his brother, who committed suicide.
He found an outlet for his grief when he began sculpting at the age of 17 after a chance encounters with a very famous Zimbabwean sculptor, Bernard Takawira. His family history has had an insightful influence on his work and his sculptures, which often examine human relationships and personal feelings. He is also known for his amazing sense of humor.
His work is displayed in the Atlanta Airport, and is in collections worldwide.
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