Place: Murewa, Zimbabwe
Benjamin’s younger brother Royal Katiyo , an accomplished sculptor himself, encouraged Benjamin to sculpt. In 1996 he joined his brother as a sculptor whilst attending the Gavazi Art Centre in Mvurwi. Since 2002 he has been based at Chapungu Sculpture Park .
Apart from Springstone, Katiyo prefers to work in verdite and dolomite and has been creating very large works of Verdite to international acclaim. He focuses on different textures and polishing techniques to depict human emotions – desperation, sadness, joy, togetherness and grief.
He is dedicated to creating monumental works using precious and semiprecious stones and many are displayed in the main gardens at Chapungu Sculpture Park. Through his already impressive body of work, Chapungu believes that Benjamin may well achieve leadership status amongst the sculptors of Zimbabwe. He has exhibited in most of the Chapungu Sculpture Park Botanic Garden exhibitions held in Europe and the USA.