African Masters of Stone have a very unique and personal relationship with the African artists in Zimbabwe. We are NOT wholesalers of African sculpture, but deal directly face to face with the artists themselves. Each sculpture is unique in its own right, conceived in the artist’s imagination. Many of our artists have exhibited in Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. The artists are formally known as second and third generation sculptors, of the Shona sculpture movement. They are either emerging talent or already hold international recognition. It is our passion and aim to see their work displayed for all to enjoy.
The Movement of Shona Sculpture is said to have been introduced to the western world by Frank McEwen in 1957 as he recognised the talent in the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The Great Dyke which is a band of minerals and precious stone is the source of most of the stones which are used to sculpt the unique Shona Sculpture. This Dyke stretches across the north and the south with the entire length of the Great Dyke some 550 km. Without such geological wealth of mineral stone this art form would not have been successful. The industry is unique to the Shona people and has become popular in Australia, America and Europe. Even here in the United Kingdom the Royal Family are reported to be collectors of Shona Sculpture.
Origins of African Masters of Stone
Gareth Mutema (Director of African Masters of Stone) was born in Zimbabwe and spent 16 years among the artists and sculptors. It was during this time that he developed his passion for the Shona Sculpture movement. His experience and local knowledge of the culture ensures that African Masters of Stone acquire only the finest quality sculptures. His experience of seeing close family members grow to become sculptors themselves and artisans in their own right provides African Masters of Stone with an authentic understanding and appreciation of Shona Sculpture.
African Masters of Stone are suppliers of the finest contemporary Shona Sculpture from Zimbabwe. We are passionate about what we do and how we do it. We are committed to providing the platform from which these Artists can present their work. It is extremely important to us that the Artists are not exploited but receive a fair financial value for their work. This allows them to continue a sustainable living and receive the credit they deserve. African Masters of Stone are also committed to donating 10% of our profits to charities fighting against poverty in developing countries, malaria and HIV.
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