portrait photo of Tafadzwa Tandi

Tafadzwa Tandi

Tafadzwa Tandi says,

“I was born to become a stone sculptor, it’s in my blood. I grew up with the sound of iron on stone ringing in my ears, breathing in the dust of stone everyday. The blood of art runs in our veins because all my five brothers are in this same profession.”

Tafadzwa was born in Mrewa, Zimbabwe in 1980. He is the son of second-generation sculptor Thomas Tandi and the grandson of first-generation sculptor Gabriel Tandi. This means he and his brothers are the third generation of his family to follow this noble profession.

Tafadzwa started sculpting when he was nine, helping his father. Once Tafadzwa had proved himself, his father gave him tools and a small piece of stone to produce his first carving. He has kept that first piece to this day, to remind him of his beginnings.

From that time on, Tafadzwa worked with his father during the school holidays. After finishing his O-levels in 1998, he joined his father as a full-time sculptor, never doubting the course his life would take. Towards the end of 1998 he moved to Chitungwiza near Harare, seeking greater exposure for his work; he joined an arts centre there and has been working there ever since.

Tafadzwa Tandi’s work has been exhibited in countries including Canada, America and China. Together with his brothers, he participated in group exhibitions in China and America in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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