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 £26,000 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?
Sylvester Mubayi represents Zimbabwe at Venice Biennale
We are delighted that veteran Zimbabwean sculptor Sylvester Mubayi has been selected to represent his country at this year's Venice Biennale. Sylvester is the most famous surviving artist from the so-called 'first generation' of Zimbabwe's 'Shona sculpture' art movement - other 'first generation' sculptors still alive are Edward Chiwawa, Josiah Manzi and Ephraim Chaurika. With the support of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Sylvester was one of four artists whose work filled the Zimbabwe Pavilion.
New 2017 collection of Zimbabwean sculpture
Our new collection of wonderful works from Zimbabwe's finest contemporary sculptors is now live on the web gallery. Particular highlights include:
If you would like to buy or view any artworks, please email us or call us on (+44) 7956 897978.
Exciting new addition to Guruve's gallery
We are delighted to announce that works by internationally acclaimed and controversial artist Lovemore Kambudzi are now available on our web gallery. Lovemore has become known as 'the eye of the people', as his honest and humorous paintings reveal the highs and lows of life in contemporary Zimbabwe, where the political and economic situation is an all-pervasive backdrop to his vibrant and dynamic canvases. Enjoy!
National recognition for Guruve's artists at NAMA yet again!
We are delighted to announce that Rufaro Murenza has been selected as a finalist in Zimbabwe's prestigious National Arts Merit Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that Rufaro has been shortlisted for the 3D visual arts category of NAMA.
The Shona Sculpture Gallery opens in Harare
Guruve's sister gallery, the Shona Sculpture Gallery, finally opened its gates to the public in March 2016 after three years of preparation. With a delightful sculpture garden and a Spanish-style verandah for smaller works, we are already getting great reviews on TripAdvisor. A much-needed positive development for the art movement and artists on the ground in Zimbabwe!
SSG is located at 20 Airport Road so it's easy to find if you're ever passing through Harare, Zimbabwe, and we look forward to welcoming you!
Guruve funds the new gallery structure for young artists
Guruve sent US$3,000 in July 2015 to fund the construction of a new central gallery space at the Arts Centre for up and coming young sculptors in Zimbabwe, roughly ten years after we funded the original building. See the whole project unfold in photos - work was completed in a week!
After sixteen years, we are still doing business the right way!
New artworks on the Guruve Gallery from private collectors
Exciting new additions to our 'collectors' gallery include:
Shona sculpture by the most famous names in the art movement, so do keep checking our web gallery for new pieces being sold on behalf of private collectors or contact us if you have a piece you wish to sell.
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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