Zimbabwe Shona artist Rufaro Murenza
Rufaro Murenza

Rufaro has been nominated for a fourth consecutive year as a finalist in the NAMA in 2017! Fingers crossed for another win!

Rufaro was a deserving winner of the 3D sculpture category of the National Arts Merit Awards in 2015.

Rufaro was also a finalist in the NAMA in 2016 and 2014.

"At the moment it seems the sky is the limit."

Rufaro was born in Zimbabwe in 1980. While doing his 'O' levels, he started working with world famous Zimbabwean sculptor Joe Mutasa, as his assistant at Chapungu Sculpture Park in Msasa, Harare.

At Chapungu, he was exposed to the works of many artists, like Tapfuma Gutsa, Nicholas Mukomberanwa and Eddie Masaya who had even ventured into granite carving. In 1998 Rufaro attended a workshop in granite carving at Chapungu.

From then on, he never looked back. Rufaro went to Belgium in 1998 for an exhibition with his mentor Joe Mutasa. It was highly successful and resulted in the sale of all their pieces and also secured many orders.

After many years with Joe, Rufaro felt the time had come to strike out on his own and has since experienced great success.

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