Zimbabwean Shona artist Ishmael Chitiyo
Ishmael Chitiyo

Ishmael was born in 1982 in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Both parents passed away when he was a child, so when he left school at age 16 his options were very limited.

His older brother Solomon taught Ishmael how to sculpt; then for a few years he worked with Ignatius Zuwakiyi, a well-known young artist. Famous 'first generation' Shona artist Sylvester Mubayi also inspired Ishmael and helped him when he was learning. When he had proved himself, Ishmael began to work alone.

Recent group sculpture exhibitions include:

  • one of three finalists in the 3D visual arts category in the 2008 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) awarded by Zimbabwe's National Arts Council
  • Certificate of Excellence, Kristin Diehl Sculpture Prize, German Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe (2006), Ishmael was chosen as one of the top ten artists, whose works formed a 6-day exhibition
  • 'Creativity and Originality', Group exhibition, Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Zimbabwe (2006)

Ishmael is one of the most promising young artists in Chitungwiza. His sculptures encapsulate the simplicity and grace of modern Zimbabwean sculpture.

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