True Beauty


Petrified Wood (Stone)

  • 42cm (h)
  • 29.5cm (w)
  • 23cm (d)


portrait photo of Rufaro Murenza

Rufaro Murenza


A woman’s appearance captured in a moment in time by sculpture, just like a photo. Her likeness reveals her true personality, she does nothing to hide herself, she has nothing to hide.

A ‘what you see is what you get’ character – so someone who doesn’t pretend or play games, you see the real person at the first glance. Her truthful and honest nature is revealed in her face, and this is the true beauty in her appearance.

Exceptional work here from Rufaro, once winner and four-times nominee for the national sculpture prize, as he continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in Zimbabwean sculpture. This is the first time Guruve has shown sculpture made from petrified wood; this is a very rare and unusual sculpture medium for any artist, worldwide.

Ancient timber has fossilised into petrified wood over a vast timescale, a process which involves the replacement of the organic matter with various minerals. This not only gives petrified wood its fascinating colours, but also makes it extremely hard. Like red jasper, petrified wood is so hard that hand tools are no use – only power tools can make an impression on the stone. This makes it a time-consuming and expensive material to sculpt – but worth it for the amazing results!