Dimensions: 30 x 18 x 9 inches
This is the artists interpretation of the chanting of ancient voices in unison with the voices of the people, in acknowledgement of a peaceful transition into a new dispensation. Inspired by Zimbabwe Political situation in November 2017.
Born in Rusape, Zimbabwe. Itayi is a full-time sculptor working at the Chitungwiza Art Centre, alongside his brother Onias. He has regularly featured in Guruve exhibitions, and participated in an artist exchange program in Angola (2014). In 2001, ItyaiÕs work featured in a joint exhibition held at the Msande Gallery, in Berlin, Germany.
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