Tanyanyiwa was the winner of the 2009 ‘Artist Of The Year’ competition sponsored by the Bernard Matemera Foundation. His sculpture was judged to be the most original piece, uninfluenced by others around him, but he was also recognised for his commitment to sculpting and the amazing improvement he has shown over recent years.
Tanyanyiwa was born in 1982. Ignatius Zhuwakiyi, a well-known artist who was a Resident Artist at the prestigious Chapungu Sculpture Village, inspired him to become a sculptor. Tanyanyiwa trained as his apprentice; Ignatius taught him the basics of stone sculpture and encouraged him to become an independent artist. Tanyanyiwa has been sculpting since 1998.
Tanyanyiwa’s sculptures have been featured in numerous group shows at the National Gallery and at various Harare galleries such as Gallery Delta.
Group exhibitions include:
- Kristin Diehl Sculpture competition, German Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe (2006)
- ‘Creativity and Originality’, Group exhibition, Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Zimbabwe (2006)
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