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?
A new breed of African art collectors emerges
A strong domestic network of local collectors is essential for the health and stability of the contemporary African art market - it's no good for 'tribal' and current objets d'art to fly into private collections outside the continent. This fascinating article in The Art Newspaper identifies a nascent trend among wealthy African patrons of the arts that we hope gathers momentum!
New 2015 sculpture collection from Zimbabwe
Following a very successful visit to Zimbabwe, Guruve's wonderful selection of contemporary Shona sculpture will be available on the web gallery from early 2015. If there is an artist whose work you are particularly keen to see, please do email us and request a preview of new works, or add your details to the mailing list.
New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors
Exciting new additions to our 'collectors' gallery include:
Guruve is increasingly becoming a hub for the secondary market in
National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!
Rufaro Murenza was selected as one of the three finalists for the 3D visual arts category of Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards 2014, although sadly he wasn't chosen as overall winner. Well done Rufaro!
Frank McEwen bequest now online
Images of the sculptures bequested by Frank McEwen, OBE, to the British Museum are now online. The collection includes early works by some of the most significant artists in the Shona sculpture art movement, and we're sure our collectors will find them fascinating.
Frank McEwen, OBE was the influential first curator of the National Gallery in Salisbury, Rhodesia (1957-1973). He encouraged local artists and brought their work to a worldwide audience, with ground-breaking exhibitions at Musée Rodin and the ICA amongst others. He retired in 1973, due to ill-health caused by continued resistance to his work from his white peers.
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.
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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