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The heart of Africa can be found in our stone sculptures.

HAND CRAFTED STONE SCULPTURE BY SHONA ARTISTS.

When you buy a Moyo piece, you are not just buying stone, but your own piece of history, a piece of modern contemporary art with an African flair.

Baby Rhino by Sylvester Mubayi

Type of stone: Spring Stone

Dimensions: 6 x 12 x 5 inches

SYLVESTER MUBAYI

Sylvester Mubayi is a first-generation born in 1942 in the Chihota District, East of Harare, Zimbabwe. He left school when he was 16, and 11 years later, his life was completely transformed when he met Tom Bloomfield, who offered him the chance to try his hand at the sculpture at Tengenenge, a community of Sculptors established in 1966.

Later, he moved to Harare where he sought the help of Frank McEwen, the director of the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, where he worked for a while at the National Gallery's Workshop School. Characteristics of Mubayi's style are rounded, self-contained silhouettes with highly polished surfaces.

His faces usually have an innocent simple expression. He has been a major contributor to the reputation of Shona Sculpture and has won the Ernst Oppenheimer Award in South Africa in 1969 and was described by a leading French critic as the best at the Musee Rodin exhibition in Paris in 1971.

Sylvester Mubayi was also included as one of the top ten Sculptors in the World by the Guardian in 1991. His work is in the Atlanta Airport as part of Zimbabwe Sculpture, A Tradition in Stone display, and is highly collectible. Sylvester currently lives and works in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.

ABOUT THE STONE FROM ZIMBABWE

Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness.

Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and the natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones will contain inclusions, pits, or fissures because of their geological formation. The natural recurring iron/seaweed strata lines in the stone give the stone its character and makes it unique.

Natural lines are colorful lines formed within the stone. These are not flaws but rather signify the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors can work with the stone due to its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment, for example a garden.

WHAT ARE SHONA SCULPTURES?

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