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.
Type of Stone: Leopard Stone
Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 3 inches
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Born in 1969 in the Buhera District of Manicaland in Zimbabwe’ Nesbert began studying sculpture in 1987, under the guidance and mentorship of his uncle, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, a world acclaimed artist of the Shona Sculpture Movement. Within two years, Nesbert felt that he had attained enough experience and exposure to work independently of his uncle enabling him to develop and pursue his own style. He went on to establish his own studio at his home in Chitungwiza, where he worked for 10 years and developed a distinctive style which gained him international recognition. In 1998 Nesbert relocated to the countryside. There he felt at peace with nature and could free his mind to concentrate fully on his art. He went on to establish “The Village Gallery” , where he displayed his work and that of other selected artists from Chitungwiza. His work is also displayed at Chitungwiza Art Centre. Notable exhibitions include, Reece Gallery (USA) with Henry Munyaradzi and Nicholas Mukomberanwa among others (2005), “Form versus Content” Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, Namibia (2004), Group exhibition and solo workshops in Memphis, USA (2002)
Shona Stone Sculpture
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.