Zimbabwean Shona artist Norbert Shamuyarira
Norbert Shamuyarira

Norbert was born in Chinhoyi, northern Zimbabwe, in 1962. He lost his mother at the age of nine; his father left the family shortly after. His brother later committed suicide.

He began sculpting at the age of 17 after a chance encounter with a very famous Zimbabwean sculptor, Bernard Takawira. Norbert worked with Takawira for four years, but since 1984 he has lived and worked on his own.

Norbert's sculptures are characterised by a respect for the shape and texture of the stone. His family history has had a profound influence on his work and the sculptures often examine human relationships and personal feelings.

Norbert is widely quoted as saying, "...up to now, I still don't know what happiness is", but this outdated quote seems out of keeping with the gentle and contented Norbert of today.

Group sculpture exhibitions include:

  • New Hope Arts Centre, Pennsylvania, USA (2006)
  • "Talking Stones", Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, UK (2003 - 2005)
  • "Spirit in Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture", Cleveland Natural History Museum, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (1991)

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