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Zimbabwean Sculpture - Family, Love & Relationships

We are so excited to dive deeper into the world of Zimbabwean art with our "Family, Love & Relationships" collection at Meyavé. This special collection brings to life the deep emotional ties and intricate dynamics of family, love, and relationships through one-of-a-kind Zimbabwean stone sculptures.  Each hand-carved sculpture from natural stone tells its own story of connection, protection, and affection. Here are a few of our favorites from this fabulous collection.   Protective Family by Farai NyakanyanzaDimensions: 17"H x 8"W x 4.5"D - 25 lbs.   This abstract depiction of a close family was sculpted in Zimbabwe by Farai Nyakanyanza from serpentine stone, with the figures' heads crafted separately and attached with pins.    The artwork initially appears greyish-white while...

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Artist Spotlight: Getting to know Vernon Nyagweta

Vernon Nyagweta, a Zimbabwean stone sculptor gave us insights into a world shaped by his hands and heart. Behind every artist lies a story that shaped them. As in all of our lives, we have been impacted by our mentors, our roots, and our environment. Vernon’s journey has been one of resilience and he has found his voice and creativity within the stones that surround him.   The Brotherly Bond That Shaped a Sculptor Vernon began sculpting during his junior school years after being inspired by his older brother, Edious. He was not only his brother but also his mentor. Edious taught him the essentials of sculpting—how to handle tools, the sequence of using different sandpapers during the sanding and...

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Collecting Zimbabwean (Shona) Stone Sculpture: A Guide for Art Enthusiasts

Shona stone sculpture, with its blend of artistry and tradition, epitomizes Zimbabwe's rich cultural heritage. This art form has become increasingly popular due to its uniqueness - from the design to the subject matter and materials used. Today, Zimbabwe is home to a growing group of exceptionally gifted artists. These artists are influenced by urbanization but still maintain strong connections to their rural roots of cultural tradition and beliefs. This blend of influences enables these young artists to innovate upon the traditional Shona sculpture approach, creating a unique and modern style that successfully bridges the past and present. Shona stone sculpture offers a wide array of choice, from the more traditional through to abstract forms and starting a collection is...

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The Shona Spirit World in Zimbabwean Sculpture

Zimbabwean sculpture is a vibrant and expressive form of art that draws deeply from its rich culture and beliefs. Most Zimbabwean sculptors belong to the Shona tribe and navigate a dual belief system. Alongside their devout Christianity, they uphold older spiritual beliefs rooted in tradition.   This blend of faiths is typical of African culture and plays a significant role in how artists express this unique outlook within their sculptures. Perhaps this is what makes them special.   Shona Mythology and the Spirit World Central to Shona culture is the belief that spirits inhabit all living things and some inanimate objects, bridging the visible and invisible worlds. Ancestor spirits, in particular, play a pivotal role in the community and are...

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The Art of Stone Sculpting in Zimbabwe

Meyavé has successfully merged artistry with tradition and is proud of its unique collaboration with Zimbabwean artists. They have a special connection to this vibrant art community and have formed lasting partnerships with some of Zimbabwe's incredible sculptors, such as Dominic Benhura, Confidence Zinyeka, Godfrey Matungamidze, and Bywell Sango.   Itai is always looking for new work by these exceptional artists and spends an average of three months each year in Zimbabwe. He also collaborates with local artists and creates his own designs. The art of stone sculpting in Zimbabwe blends rich tradition and culture with the vision and skill of each artist. Each creation is a unique combination of stone and sculptor.   Inspiration from Raw Stone At the...

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