Anderson Mukomberanwa was born in Harare in 1968 and is the son of eminent First Generation Sculptor, Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Whilst this fact has endowed him with natural ability and interest, it has also driven him to break away and energetically search out his own identity and direction.

 

From the beginning Anderson worked with hard challenging stones unlike many young sculptors who began with softer steatites. This has ensured a degree of skill that now enables him to turn a wide range of ideas and tackle many of his ambitions.

Anderson´s work portrays, with humor and compassion, the world immediately around him. This often light-hearted approach to serious elements of contemporary Zimbabwean society belies an artist with grave views on the direction of sculpture in his country. Fuelled as he was by his need to be different, he urged his contemporaries to make the same bid for individuality. He later became fascinated with his etching and print-work arising firstly from stone, to hand-made paper, then more recently onto wood plates. Anderson was always a painter in his spare time too and his studio was always full of sketches and canvases, depicting the same styles he carried across from stone, often using bright vivid colors.

 

Anderson Mukomberanwa was one of the brightest young artists to emerge from the Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture movement, and his recent untimely death from cancer has left a void in the world of Zimbabwe art.  Anderson was a strong, quiet man who was never afraid to experiment and who refused to stand in the shadow of his father, Nicholas. Anderson developed a unique and vibrant style all his own, experimenting with sculpture, sketching, painting, and printmaking. To see Anderson’s work is to know Anderson, and his work is deep and rich.

Sadly Anderson died from cancer in early 2003.  He leaves behind his wife Nyarai and two children.

 

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