Bernard Matemera(1946-2002)

    Born 1946 in Guruve. Died in 2002

    Bernard Matemera was born in Guruve and is a founding member of Tengenenge. He was, for many years, the symbolic leader of the community. His uncompromising and powerful images are now found in public and private collections throughout the world. His artwork is very African and sometimes grotesque in imagery. Initially difficult to assimilate, his pieces are often emotive and project a deep sense of pathos. Animals, spirits, people, creatures, and the metamorphosis between them are the subjects of his sculptures. He is highly acclaimed and has been described as one of the best stone sculptors of our time. Zimbabwe lost an exceptional and unique talent when Matemera died in 2002.

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