The Great Stone Sculptors of Africa
Our Art Residency Program
In the near future Chapungu will resume the Chapungu Residency Programme where selected artists are given a twelve month residency status that offers them greater professional security ,easier access to a good variety of stone and tools as well as professional exposure in the park’s galleries and in international exhibitions. At the end of each programme an Annual Exhibition will be held at Chapungu showcasing the artists’ works. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
However since 2014 Chapungu has allowed a group of artists to work from the premises and create works for sale. The artists include
Place: Chitungwiza ,Harare ,Zimbabwe
Leo comes from a family of sculptors. Leo's mother, the late Rachel Ndandarika, married in 1989 the famous First Generation Stone Sculptor Joseph Ndandarika. She continued his work after his death in 1997 and invited Leo to be her apprentice. Leo joined his mother in sculpting at the age of thirteen. Later he was invited to work as an artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park in 2000 on his own merit and he continues to sculpt there.
Leo ‘s sculptures illustrate everyday life in Zimbabwe such as women nurturing their young offspring or going about their chores such as fetching firewood or selecting seeds, drummers drumming, people sitting together discussing, or hunters resting after the hunt. Leo’s sculpture brings a dignity to these daily tasks, which is still felt in his work.
He has exhibited in Germany, The Netherlands, South America and in the USA..
Place: Harare, Zimbabwe
In 1997 after finishing secondary school, Nhamo worked as an apprentice for his uncle Arthur Fata, at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Also through his family
connections, Nhamo came to know Sylvester Mubayi, a First Generation Sculptor, who set the art world alight by winning the most prestigious art event of those times in South Africa- “ The Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Award for Sculpture”.
During his apprenticeship , Nhamo soon became an accomplished artist and gained residency at Chapungu Sculpture Park. In 2009 he was fortunate to collaborate with International Visiting Artists at Chapungu. Like his “Birds in Flight” it is now Nhamo’s time to fly. With his great technical skill Chapungu looks forward to major works of vision which will take our breath away.
Chamutsa says: “Sometimes what I sculpt comes from within, sometimes from what I see around me. Sometimes I move around the country seeing how people live, how they move and how they behave and I put these things into sculpture.”
There are several works by Nhamo in the Chapungu Sculpture Park Permanent Collection. Including a version of his “Birds In Flight” which capture the
movement and grace of these wild birds. Nhamo has exhibited in The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA
Place: Chivu , Zimbabwe
After Joram’s O Levels at Chapwanya School in Chivu, Joram came to Harare in 2002 to look for work. He got a job as a general hand in a small plumbing company but left after a few months to join Arthur Fata at Chapungu Sculpture Park as his assistant.
He learnt various sculpting techniques from Arthur andnow creates works that are identifiable. A keen physical exercise enthusiast, Joram has created popular works called “Stretching” showing elongated limbs and torsos. Joram continues to be inspired by Arthur Fata seeking to emulate Artur’s creativity and his approach to the stone. Joram’s sculptures have been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Switzerland,
Germany and the USA.
After the death of his Malawian father, Jairos’ Zimbabwean mother moved back to Zimbabwe. Jairos was five years old and he attended Makomo Primary
school in Epworth, Harare but never had the opportunity to high school because of financial constraints.
In 1998 he joined his brother Costa Balakasi in sculpting as an apprentice before going solo ten years later. Jairos’s significant works include female torsos and human figures as well as more abstract pieces. He is inspired by the human form and creates most of his defined shapes using black serpentine also known as Springstone.
Jairos’ works have been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Switzerland , Germany
and the USA.