MBARE Artists

The artists we work with in Africa are the heart and soul of this business, and we take great pride in bringing you their personal stories and voice.

  • Abson Sibanda
    Abson Sibanda Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Abson comes from the Victoria Falls area and has been carving since he was 14 years old. He has been supporting himself with his art and is married with 3 children.
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  • Peter Guta
    Amos Guta Ruwa, Zimbabwe
    Here is the story of the creator of these sculptures in his own words: "I, Amos Guta, was born on 25 May 1972, and brought up by my blacksmith father. I did smithing very well during all my schooling years...I hunted for jobs and failed until 1994, when God handed me over to Artwork Missions. After my training, I started woodcarving and then designed fine art. In 1996, God multiplied my ideas and I became the first person to create sculptures from metal shavings."
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  • Benjamin Mashaya
    Benjamin Mashaya Harare, Zimbabwe
    Benjamin was born in 1986 in a mountainous area of Zimbabwe called Nyanga. Benjamin was drawing by the time he was five years old, and by 16 he began to sculpt. Initially he worked as an apprentice to his brother and his early sculptures were displayed at Nyamhuka Art Gallery in Nyanga. Benjamin is now a full time artist and has exhibited his work all over the world including Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom and in the United States.
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  • Birdwoods Metal Sculpture | Handmade in Zimbabwe
    Birdwoods Metal Sculpture Harare, Zimbabwe
    The metal bird sculptures are one of our most popular lines. This product line is an exclusive of Mbare Ltd. All of the birds are carefully hand crafted into whimiscal poses, produced from scrap metal and old oil drums. Zimbabwean ingenuity turns this waste into innovative sculptures, with birds of both the African and American variety.
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  • Cephas Mashaya
    Cephas Mashaya Harare, Zimbabwe
    Cephas Mashaya is a talented artist that began sculpting in stone at the age of 6.
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  • Crispen Salt
    Crispen Salt Harare, Zimbabwe
    Carving since 1993 young Crispen Salt apprenticed under the direction of two master Shona carvers with 20 years of experience each. "If I see a fun thing or a picture, I try to bring it into stone. I use my imagination to make my work more fantastic," says Crispen, "so more people will like it." Crispen's "dancing families" are among the most sophisticated abstract stone sculptures in the Shona tradition.
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  • Cuthbert Small
    Cuthbert Tendayi Harare, Zimbabwe
    Cuthbert Tendayi is recognized for the clean lines and attention to detail that is prominent throughout his works.
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  • Eckel Nyamondoro
    Eckel Nyamondoro Harare, Zimbabwe
    Eckel Nyamondoro was born in 1972 in the Guruve district, a region of Zimbabwe with strong sculpting traditions. He comes from a large family in the Kore Kore tribe. At the age of twenty Eckel joined his cousin Enos Chengo at his sculpting studio where he stayed for four years. He found the experience inspirational and decided that he wanted to devote his life to art. He went on later to join various artist groups and sculpted in other studios - further enhancing his skills and techniques. This encouraged him to experiment with contemporary styles of carving and to develop his on creative forms. Eckel draws on tribal mythology for inspiration and his pieces have a spiritual, contemplative quality. He depicts the unity between man and nature, encouraging his viewer to appreciate the connection. He sculpts 'in the round' often defying the viewer to decide which is the front or back of the sculpture. A hallmark of his work is the elaborate detailing on many of his sculptures, with intricate chiseling work. He loves to carve springstone, opal cobalt and fruit serpentine. Eckel has participated in a number of group exhibitions, most notably at the San Diego Art Institute in 1997, at the Museum Pierce of Zurich and in Sarasota, Florida in 1999. His work has sold to galleries and collectors in Germany, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Holland, Ireland, Poland, USA, Australia, Finland, china, Spain, Denmark, Korea and South Africa. In July 2002 he was invited to attend an African-German sculpture event in St. Andreasberg Harz where he held a successful exhibition as well as running a workshop. Eckel is now at a stage where he is able to teach others and hold his own exhibitions.
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  • Edson Nkomo
    Edson Nkomo
    Born in Chegutu in 1968 in a family of 8, Edson was educated in a rural area of Zimbabwe. He wanted to be a teacher but the expense was too great, so he began carving stone with his grandfather. They specialized in hippos and eventually moved to Harare to sell their carvings to tourists. In 1994 he joined Tazora Arts and Crafts and in 1996 began supplying Mbare, Ltd. with his sculptures. He has a wife and two children and hopes to earn enough to build his own home.
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  • Ernest Nyagato
    Ernest Nyagato Harare, Zimbabwe
    Ernest Nyagato was born in Nyanga in 1983. Drawing pictures and playing with clay in his childhood brought him the confidence he needed to begin sculpting with his brother Tonderai Nyagato in 2003. Ernest is now working with experienced artists at Mashaya Workshop and Gallery. His sculptures have been exhibited a HIFA 2008 and LAFINCA in southern Africa and he has sold his sculptures to collectors around the world.
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  • Godfrey Matungamidze
    Godfrey Matungamidze Zimbabwe
    Godfrey is currently producing abstract pieces that follow the shape of the stone and have a lot of movement, along with a particular style of head sculptures.
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  • GoGo Olive
    GoGo Olive Mutare, Zimbabwe
    Gogo Olive was set up in Mutare in the Eastern Highlands of Zimabwe in November 2008 to give local women the opportunity to use their craft skills to build a future for themselves and their families. Knitting was chosen as it only requires basic materials, it can be done anywhere and at any time and is a skill that is practical for the women to learn. We began as a small group of 6 ladies and following the success of this group we have added to the numbers and also introduced the group into a local prison. Over 25 women are now involved in Gogo Olive. Knitting the animals has become a part of the rehabilitation process for the women in prison, it gives them something positive to focus on and allows them to meet practical needs that they or their families have, both whilst they are in prison and after release. Each animal is lovingly and completely handmade and has as much individuality and character as the lady who knitted it!
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