portrait photo of Charles Kowo

Charles Kowo

All of Charles’ pieces are now sold, but if you like his work do drop us an email and we will send you preview photos of new work for the 2019 collection.

Charles Kowo is a new addition to Guruve’s online gallery this year. Enjoy his pieces!

Charles was born in 1980 in Mutoko in north-eastern Zimbabwe, a stunning mountainous region where purple lepidolite and the serpentine stone known as leopard rock are found.

When his father died in 1992, his mother moved back to her parents in Guruve in northern Zimbabwe, taking the eight children with her.

Guruve is the main town in an area of very interesting geology and there are many stone sculptors working in the area. Charles met Obert Marime, an experienced sculptor who created abstract pieces, and was very impressed and interested in this artform. He asked Obert to teach him to sculpt. Obert very kindly agreed, so from 2002-2005 Charles stayed with Obert and worked as his assistant and learned the basic techniques of sculpting.

In 2005, with Obert’s encouragement, Charles started to work on his own pieces. Although he was now creating his own work, Charles stayed with Obert until 2012 when Charles moved closer to Harare. The benefit of this move was a flow of customers coming through on their way to meet various sculptors and to visit the local serpentine mines. With cheap, easily accessible raw materials and a growing customer base, Charles is now established in his home.

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