Sylvester Mubayi was born in 1942 in the Chiota Reserve near Marondera. After leaving school Sylvester worked as a tobacco grader and moved to Harare in 1966 to seek employment at the Chubuku Breweries.
In 1967 he joined the sculptor’s community at Tengenenge and later became the founding member of the Vukutu Workshop School. In 1978 Frank McEwen said about Sylvester Mubayi, ´´certainly when I knew him he was by far the greatest sculptor there. I have tremendous admiration for him . . . some of his work is as great as anything in the world´´.
Mubayi now lives and works in Chitungwiza. His work is inspired by a world of spiritual and supernatural forces often fusing people and the animal kingdom. Skeletons inspired Sylvester´s early work. He produced some extremely powerful and uncompromising sculpture in the 60´s and 70´s, but of late his sculpture has become gentler, more contemplative and often very moving.
Sylvester was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Award for sculpture in 1969. He has exhibited extensively since 1968 in many parts of the world and has sculpture in major art collections in Europe and North America