Zimbabwean Shona artist Bernard Matemera
Bernard Matemera (1946 - 2006)

The late Bernard Matemera was one of the most important sculptors of the First Generation of Zimbabwe Sculpture.

Bernard was the symbolic leader at the Tengenenge Sculpture Village in northern Zimbabwe. He had been one of the first artists to take up sculpting there full-time, having grown up nearby.

His work is full of depth and spiritual meaning, much like the man himself. He was until his death a humble, spiritual man whose great strength exploded in his work.

Group exhibitions include:

  • 'Tengenenge Old, Tengenenge New', Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands (1994)
  • 'Contemporary Stone Carvings from Zimbabwe', Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (1990-91)
  • 'Whispering The Gospel of Sculpture', National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe (1989)
  • 'Art from Africa', Commonwealth Institute, London, UK (1981)

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