Guruve promotes the very best in contemporary African art, with the most extensive collection of authentic original African art and sculpture in our online gallery with full artist biographies.
Guruve are specialists and experts in contemporary stone sculpture from the Shona sculpture art movement of Zimbabwe; we also promote both world-famous and talented young artists from elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa who work in a wide range of media.
We believe in doing business the right way. We have an extremely ethical business policy. We treat artists with the respect they deserve, building long-term relationships based on friendship and trust. We have given over £19,200 in donations and gifts to individual artists and to group associations and charities. Why not challenge other dealers to see if they can PROVE they do the same?
Our exhibitions of Zimbabwean sculpture in Summer 2013
We are holding a Summer-long exhibition of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe at RHS Hyde Hall gardens near Chelmsford in Essex. The exhibition opened on 1 May and runs through to 1 September.
Smaller pieces are on display in the shop, and we will be there in person with a fabulous collection of small and medium-sized pieces in the Visitors' Lounge from 1-11 August.
New 2013 collection of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe now available
Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:
Following a successful exhibition of his work in 2011, we are delighted that we have a lovely selection of new paintings by Charles Nkomo as well.
If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.
National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!
Special personal congratulations to our friend Styx Mhlanga who was nominated in the Outstanding Director category.
New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectorsGuruve are delighted to announce new additions to our gallery:
Opportunities to buy important works by such sought-after African artists do not come along very often!
Chapungu goes into liquidation
In a very sad day for the Zimbabwean sculpture movement, the Daily News announced on 5 Nov 2012 that Chapungu, Harare's foremost gallery of Shona sculpture, has gone into liquidation.
This famous gallery, a well-known tourist destination and organiser of many prestigious international exhibitions, has been struggling financially for many years and even the return of its owner, Roy Guthrie, from the USA has not been enough to turn things around.
This leaves Harare without a single major gallery specialising in indigenous stone sculpture. The art movement needs a visionary promoter; otherwise the risk is of a terminal decline.
Read the full article here.
Chris Ofili's first artworks using elephant dung discovered in Bulawayo
In 1992, Chris Ofili participated in the British Council-funded Pachipamwe Workshop at Cyrene Mission outside Bulawayo. It was here that he discovered elephant dung, the material that became his trademark. The three works he produced at the artists' workshop were donated to the National Gallery in Bulawayo, where they have just been rediscovered - but are in urgent need of conservation as the dung has deteriorated somewhat!
Read more about this fantastic story about the early influences of Zimbabwe on Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili on the Art Newspaper website.
Guruve on Facebook
Guruve now has its own Facebook page where you can see a selection of videos and pictures of the African artists we promote. More being added all the time. Remember, if you like our site, you can express this by clicking on the Facebook 'Like' button in the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen.
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