portrait photo of Washington Matafi

Washington Matafi

Washington Matafi was a finalist in the sculpture category in Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Awards competition in 2013 and 2009.

From 2014-2017, he has spent each three months each summer in Germany as guest artist at sculpting workshops and group exhibitions organised by Shona Stone Art.

In 2006, he was a finalist in the Young Sculptor Awards (organised by African Millennium Foundation) and he was the winner of the men’s section of the ‘Creativity and Originality’ exhibition at Chitungwiza Arts Centre, judged by Dominic Benhura and Celia Winter-Irving amongst others.

Washington Matafi was born in 1981 in Wedza, Zimbabwe. He started stone carving in 2000, as an apprentice to his cousin the well-known ‘second generation’ artist Elvis Mamvura.

In 2003 Washington took the decision to work alone. With his own workspace, he could now work on bigger pieces and experiment with style and technique. From then on, Washington expanded his knots and twisting style in his sculpture.

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