The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton: Artist Biography - SYLVESTER MUBAYI.

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SYLVESTER MUBAYI.

A FIRST GENERATION SCULPTOR.HIGHLY IMPORTANT Born in 1942 in the Chiota reserve, near Marondera North Eastern Zimbabwe, his early childhood and family experiences were to influence the directions and philosophies of his adult life. As a young man he moved to Harare to find work and in 1966 he visited the National Gallery and saw the astonishing stone sculpture for the first time. A chance meeting with Tom Bloomfield that same day led to the invitation to join the new sculptors community at Tengenege. With no previous artistic experience other than basic lessons during his school years, he joined the now famous sculptors such as Bernard Matemera, Ephraim Chaurika and Henry Munyaradzi. However, keeping to himself, and struggling to forge his own ideas and style in the hard Guruve Serpentine he was to spend the following two years establishing his name as one of the leading Tengenenge sculptors. A fiercely independent artistic spirit, obviously throughout his career, was to force Mubayi to break away from the closed community and return to Harare. His help was enlisted by Frank McEwen in establishing the influential Vukutu sculpture workshop, his years at Vukutu saw the creation of some of Mubayis most striking work. A COPY OF HIS COMPREHENSIVE C.V. IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

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