The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton: Artist Biography - EDWARD CHIWAWA.

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EDWARD CHIWAWA.

Born in Guruve district, about 150 kilometres north west of Harare in 1935 Chiwawa received neither formal education nor any training as an artist and for much of his early life he worked as a farm labourer.It was as a result of visiting his cousin,Henry Munyaradzi at Tengenenge, the rural community of sculptors established in the mid 1960s in 1971 that Chiwawa was first introduced to stone carving. Chiwawa only stayed at Tengenenge for two years from 1971 until 1973. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in Chitungwiza, about 20 kilometres from Harare.Stylistically his work is closer to that of his cousin, Munyaradzi, than to the other, more typically,Tengenenge sculptors such as Bernard Matemera, or his neighbour in Chitungwiza Fanizani Akuda. Most commonly his work involves the creation of a smooth,clean line - often gently rounded - into which is carved facial and other features, his sculpting technique essentially involves etching into the surface of the stone.It is never allowed to Intrude into or break up the initial shape created. His work is much influenced by the original shape of stone and his sculptures preserve rather than transform that original shape.Since the early 1970s Chiwawas work hasoften featured in the various Tengenenge and other group exhibitions of Shona sculpture that have been held both within Zimbabwe and ternationally. He has also contributed work to several National Gallery of Zimbabwe annual exhibitions. Internationally his achievements include being awarded first prize at the 7th International Small Sculpture Exhibition,Budapest, Hungary.

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