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.
Shona Stone Sculpture
Stone: Brown Serpentine
Dimensions: 34 x 13 x 6 inches
The sculpture is inspired by the love of a couple at different stages of their journey together, from the day they meet, through having children and their happily ever after.
Born in 1972 in the Guruve District of Zimbabwe, a region with a strong sculpture tradition. At the age of twenty, Eckel joined his cousin Enos Chengo at his sculpting studio and stayed there for four years. It is during this time that he decided to devote his life to art. He later joined the Tengenenge Art Community where he was an active member for eight years. Eckel draws on Tribal mythology for inspiration and his pieces are of a spiritual contemplative nature. A hall mark of his work is the elaborate detailing of many of his sculptures with intricate chiseling art work. His notable group exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art in San Diego in (1997), the Sec ond Agio International Symposium (2005), the African Millennium Foundation Travelling Exhibition (2006), and the Kirstin Dihl competition. His international endeavors include representing Zimbabwe Art in Canada since 2001, German (2008) where he ran workshops teaching children from the ages of eight years to fifteen years of age. His work has been on galleries and collections in the USA, Europe Asia and Africa.
Every sculpture is made from natural stone and varies slightly due to the nature of the stone and natural grain which is part of the stone. Some stones 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.
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.
The typical Shona stone is an abundant material in Zimbabwe, with much of the stone coming from the counties “Great Dyke”. This geological formation which stretches along Lake Kariba on Zimbabwe's southern border with Zambia contains some 375 minerals plus fossils dating back 500 million years ago
Shona sculptures come in many shapes and sizes, as they are usually carved from pieces of stone that vary considerably. The stones most often used in Shona sculpture are sandstone, serpentine and granite.