Nicholas Mukomberanwa(1940 – 2002)

    Born 1940 in Buhera. Died 2002. Nicholas Mukomberanwa was born in Buera, studied woodcarving at Serima Mission and became an early member of the workshop school at the National Gallery. Frank McEwen was much impressed with his early work and encouraged him to sculpt full time. Since those early days, he became perhaps the most acknowledged sculptor of Zimbabwe. At his one man exhibition in London’s Commonwealth institute in 1983, Michael Shepherd of the Sunday Telegraph wrote “A carver at the very top of his form-full of ideas and exhibiting all the sculptural and artistic virtues one could hope to see together. His name is Nicholas Mukomberanwa from Zimbabwe, but you can forget the word ethnic, for this is sculpture of world quality and interest, deeply human, spirited in every sense, and superbly skilled”. Until his passing in 2002, Mukomberanwa continued to lead by creating exceptional sculpture of the highest quality.

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