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Kennedy Musekiwa, Shona Sculptor

Photo of sculpture of woman Born on May 29, 1962 in the Marondera region of Zimbabwe, Shona sculptor Kennedy Musekiwa was first inspired by toy-making. He began his work in 1985 under the tutelage of his cousin, Victor Mtongwizo. Later, he was influenced by first generation elder sculptor, Joseph Ndandarika, a world-acclaimed master sculptor.

At first Kennedy worked only in small scale, but as the years passed he dedicated himself full-time to stone sculpture, working on exquisite small pieces for which he has built a reputation. He expanded his creativity to sculpt breathtaking larger ones. Carving figures inspired by his imagination, Kennedy creates traditional spirit themes. Other times, he eloquently follows the natural shape of the raw rock from which he draws the form.

His works have been extensively exhibited for over four years in Europe, South Africa, Botswana, Canada and in particular the United States including the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History; San Diego Natural History Museum and Spirits in Stone Galleries. As the most successful internationally-acclaimed artist of the new third generation of sculptors, Kennedy has recently founded a carving cooperative in which he tutors and encourages over twenty young artists every day. He is now considered a master sculptor and has been highly recognized by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for both his personal artistic contributions and his efforts to promote young artists.

In addition to carving, Musekiwa is a competent carpenter and welder. He fashions his own carving tools from metal. He uses chisels made from discarded truck springs and hammers from scavenged auto engine parts. Kennedy prides himself on being both creative and resourceful.

Kennedy is married to Sarah Musuwgate and has four children.

"Good Woman" sculpted by Kennedy Musekiwa
Credit: Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

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