Famous Zimbabwean sculptor Edward Chiwawa of the Shona sculpture art movement

Edward Chiwawa

Edward Chiwawa was born in Guruve, northern Zimbabwe, in about 1916. He began sculpting in 1970; he was inspired and encouraged by his cousin Henry Munyaradzi, who was already an established artist at the nearby Tengenenge sculpture community. Henry is now the most famous and sought-after artist of the Shona sculpture movement.

In the late 1970s, the war of independence forced the temporary closure of Tengenenge. He joined the National Gallery in Harare and sculpted there as a member for over 20 years. Edward lived and worked in Chitungwiza, and later in the Waterfalls suburb of Harare.

Numerous international exhibitions, including:

  • Group sculpture exhibition, Kalmthout Arboretum, Belgium (2005)
  • Commonwealth Games, New Zealand (1990)
  • First prize, ‘7th International Small Sculpture Exhibition’, Budapest, Hungary (1986)

His work is part of the collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.

He is also featured in a number of authoritative books including ‘Shona Sculpture in Zimbabwe’ by Celia Winter-Irving and ‘Shona Sculpture’ by Ferdinand Mor.

Edward passed away in October 2022 and is greatly missed.

There are more super sculptures by Edward Chiwawa available through our other company, Shona Sculpture Gallery (SSG), based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Click on the link to see SSG’s Edward Chiwawa pieces.

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