Rhino Bird

Sylvester Mubayi


Type of stone: Spring Stone

Dimensions: 18 x 5 x 9 inches

The veteran artist believes that it's the responsibility of the artist to visualize, imagine and dream and then bring it into physical existence. To the artist, if the rhino were a bird, this is what it would look like. He depicts the unnatural and the surreal, derived from the folk tales which are very common among the Shona people and are passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth.


Every sculpture is made from natural stone and vary slightly due to nature of stone and natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stone will contain inclusions, pits or fissures as a result of its 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 signifies the authenticity of the product. Only skilled sculptors are able to work with the stone due its hardness. The stone can withstands harsh weather conditions and can be placed in a natural environment.

NOTE: Typically your sculpture will ship within 2-3 days after you've placed your order.


Sylvester Mubayi is a first-generation artist, 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 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 GalleryÕs Workshop School. Characteristics of MubayiÕs 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 Òthe bestÓ 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 ÒZimbabwe Sculpture, A Tradition in StoneÓ display, and is highly collectable. Sylvester currently lives and works in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.

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