Zimbabwean Shona sculptor Tonderai Sowa
Tonderai Sowa

"Being an artist is a very good job. My stepfather, Julius Chinhoyi, inspired me. He always taught me to socialise with people, and by so doing I ended up doing everything with love. When I started carving, love became the theme of my sculptures."

Linos Tonderai Sowa was born in 1978 in Nyanga in eastern Zimbabwe. He began sculpting with his step-father, Julius Chinhoyi, in 1995. He worked with Julius for two years and another two years with Rosemary Chakanyuka in Chitungwiza before taking the decision to work alone as a full-time artist in 2002.

Since his 'discovery' by Guruve in 2010, Tonderai's career has accelerated in leaps and bounds. Recent highlights include:

  • Oct 2013 - second prize in the Art exhibition and competition ‘Celebration’, held at the Arts Centre to celebrate its 15th Anniversary
  • Feb-Apr 2014 - one of four Zimbabwean artists (along with Itayi Mupumha) invited to participate in an Artist Exchange at Sonkala Yonkala in Luanda, Angola with Angolan artist Jao Mayembe

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