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Tapiwa Mapuranga

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Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture

Hand Carved Creations in Stone brief background

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"Love Blanket"



"Stay with Me"

"Music to my Ears"

"The Tender Years"

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Tapiwa Mapuranga

 (b. 1971, Nyanga, Africa)



     Tapiwa Mapuranga was born in 1971 in Nyanga, a mountainous region near Mozambique, with a strong sculpting tradition. Two of the founding families of the Shona art movement – the Nyanhongos and the Marigas – describeNyanga as their rural and spiritual home.


     Tapiwa calls himself a “late to bloom” artist. Although he enjoyed wood carving and

drawing in school, Tapiwa had no experience with stone carving until 1998, when he

was offered a formal apprenticeship with master carver, Claud Nyanhongo (1934—

2006). For six months he worked on sanding and polishing the works of the senior

artists at the studio before he picked up any tools.


     As soon as Tapiwa started carving he says he knew this was his destiny. “I am fascinated by the human figure and women in particular. I observe them going about their

daily work and try to create their emotion and movement in stone.” He continues, “I

try to capture the spiritual aspects of humanity and nature in my sculptures.”


     In 1999 Tapiwa participated in a group exhibition organized by the National Gallery

of Zimbabwe in Mutare. The next year Gideon Nyanhongo invited him to become a

resident artist at the family’s studio in Harare, one of the most prestigious studios in

the country, where he remained until 2004.


     In 2005 Tapiwa decided to work exclusively from his home studio and to start a mentorship program for younger aspiring sculptors. It’s a program he has continued to

this day at his rural home studio in Goromonzi.

Tapiwa loves to sculpt in the colourful Nyanga serpentines, finding the stone itself

a source of inspiration. His beautifully expressive sculptures represent evocative

vignettes of the Shona culture and people. His work has sold to collectors and

galleries in Germany, Holland, Israel, the UK, US and Canada.


Jones & Terwilliger Galleries is proud to represent Tapiwa Mapuranga's work in California.



Carmel Gallery:
Located on 6th Avenue between San Carlos & Dolores
Phone: 831-626-9100

Phone: 831-626-0735
Fax: 831-626-6840

Palm Desert Gallery:
73-375 El Paseo, Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-674-8989