ABOUT ART ZIMBABWE
The people at ArtZimbabwe became involved with the contemporary Shona stone sculpture movement in 1985 when travelling on business in Harare, Zimbabwe. At that time the African sculpture movement was in its infancy and the early developers of the art form were just beginning to make their impression in the art world. We developed close relationships with the original African sculpture masters; Nicholas Mukombewanra, Henry Munyaradzi, John Takawira, Tapfuma Gutsa, Jopseph Muzondo and others. Our sculpture gallery, The African Influence Gallery in Boston MA was in 1987 one of the early innovators and among the first to introduce this African art form to America. Later, in conjunction with our 20-year partnership with The Reece Galleries in New York City, we placed hundreds of major works in private and institutional collections throughout the world, and played a major role in the worldwide promotion of this artform’s most important artists.
For over 25 years, we have been at the forefront of the development and acceptance of this extraordinary art movement, having held several one-person shows for some of the most prominent African sculptors including Nicholas Mukomberwanra, Henry Munyaradzi, Tapfuma Gutsa, and Joseph Muzondo, as well as more than 30 group exhibitions of major significance.
Today, our collection includes many works from the old masters as well as an evolving collection of works from both established and aspiring African artists carrying the tradition of Zimbabwean art.
A Note About Our Works
All of our masters’ sculptures, with very few exceptions, have been bought directly from the artists, some over 20 years ago. Pieces not purchased directly from the artists were acquired from Roy Guthrie, director of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, Zimbabwe. We guarantee the authenticity of all our artworks.