Zimbabwean Shona sculptor Givemore Mashaya
Givemore Mashaya

Givemore was born in 1982 in the beautiful mountainous village of Nyanga in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. When he was a boy, he used to see his older brothers sculpting, and this inspired him. At the age of sixteen he began experimenting with sculpting, including making his own chisels by beating nails flat.

By 2000, Givemore’s brothers were in Harare and becoming successful sculptors and Givemore decided to join them. Givemore was apprentice to Passmore Mashaya, who became his mentor and was particularly inspirational for the young artist. In Harare, Givemore met established artists Gideon and Agnes Nyanhongo, children of first generation artist Claud Nyanhongo, and he worked with them for some time and learned a great deal from them. From 2003 onwards, he worked on his own pieces and has forged his own reputation.

Givemore’s work has been part of numerous international exhibitions of Zimbabwean sculpture, including Artist in Residence, ‘Rice Lake 11’ with ZimArt, Ontario, Canada.


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