Ephraim Chaurika was born in Guruve, northern Zimbabwe, in 1940 and is a member of the Kore Kore tribe. He grew up in a rural area, herding and observing animals.
Ephraim joined Tom Blomefield’s Tengenenge Art Community in 1966 and began sculpting the local serpentine stone. First a tortoise emerged, and then baboons, owls, lions and horses (amongst others) followed.
Now over 75, Ephraim continues to fit his sculpting in around the rigorous demands of his farm. He has a worldwide following and is particularly well-known for his endearing sculptures of horses.
Selected national and international exhibitions:
- ‘Contemporary Stone Carving From Zimbabwe’, Group Exhibition (organised by Chapungu Gallery), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (1990)
- ‘Fanizani and Chaurika’, Two Man Exhibition, Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare, Zimbabwe (1989)
- ‘Soul In Stone’, Group Exhibition, Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney, Australia (1985)
- ‘Tengenenge: Stone Sculpture from Africa’, Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA (1980)
He is also featured in (and on the cover of) ‘Myth and Magic: The Art Of The Shona Of Zimbabwe’ by Joy Kuhn and the definitive text on the first generation, ‘Sculptors From Zimbabwe’ by Ben Joosten.
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