Jetro Zinyeka is a cousin of the well-known Zimbabwean sculptor Gladman Zinyeka (deceased). Jetro was born in 1970 in the Gutu district of Zimbabwe. He is the only boy in a family of three.
In 1988 he completed his O-Levels and obtained a good number of subjects. He tried in vain to secure employment. It was then that he was introduced to sculpting by Gladman, who was then one of the best-known young artists in the Shona sculpture movement. He worked with his cousin until he knew how to talk to a natural rock and then work on it and bring out something that other people appreciated.
Jetro’s work was shown alongside Agnes Nyanhongo and Colleen Madamombe in the group sculpture exhibition ‘In Praise Of Women’, which toured Oxford, London, Denmark and Sweden in 2003.
His work is also shown by Afridesia (USA), Zuwa Gallery (USA), Rice Lake Gallery (Canada) and Touch Africa (Korea/Cape Town).
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