Sylvester Mubayi at Venice Biennale 2017

19th March 2018

We are delighted that senior sculptor Sylvester Mubayi was chosen to represent Zimbabwe at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Sylvester was one of four artists whose work filled the Zimbabwe Pavilion. Logistical and financial support came from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Sylvester Mubayi with one of his sculptures

World-famous Zimbabwean sculptor Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is the most famous living artist from the so-called ‘first-generation’ of Zimbabwe’s ‘Shona sculpture’ art movement. Other first generation sculptors still alive are Edward Chiwawa, Josiah Manzi and Ephraim Chaurika.

Inner Light by Tanyanyiwa Nyandoro at LSHTM
portrait photo of Tanyanyiwa Nyandoro

Tanyanyiwa was the winner of the 2009 ‘Artist Of The Year’ competition sponsored by the Bernard Matemera Foundation. His sculpture was judged to be the most original piece, uninfluenced by others around him, but he was also recognised for his commitment to sculpting and the amazing improvement he has shown over recent years.

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