Shona artist Boet Nyariri from Zimbabwe
Boet Nyariri

Boet was the winner of the sculpture category of the prestigious National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) in 2012 and 2010, which are awarded by Zimbabwe's National Arts Council and are like the Oscars for Zimbabwe. Well-deserved national recognition from Zimbabwe's arts elite for one of the brightest stars in a new generation of talent.

Boet was born in 1977 in the rural area of Mhondoro in Zimbabwe. His mother is from the Tonga tribe and his father is Sena.

When Boet was at secondary school, he went to live with his grandfather and it was then that he met sculptor Tinashe Makaza and began sculpting with him. Stone sculpture became a part of him and this passion has never left him.

He now has over a decade of sculpting experience. Boet has worked with and been inspired by some of the biggest names of the younger generation of Zimbabwean artists, including Dominic Benhura, Ignatius Zhuwakiyi and Garison Machinjili.

Boet was an Artist in Residence at the prestigious Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare from 1997 to 2004. His work was shown at the DED Guest House/German Embassy workshops, at which he was awarded with tools and equipment. His work is also shown by galleries across the world, including USA, Netherlands and South Korea.

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