Shona sculptor Ishmael Chitiyo portrait photo

Ishmael Chitiyo

Ishmael Chitiyo was born in 1982 in Chitungwiza, a satellite town of Harare, Zimbabwe. Both his parents passed away when he was a child, so when he left school at age 16 his options were very limited.

His older brother Solomon taught Ishmael how to sculpt; then for a few years he worked with Ignatius Zhuwakiyi, a well-known young artist. Famous ‘first generation’ Shona artist Sylvester Mubayi also inspired Ishmael and helped him when he was learning. When he had gained sufficient experience and confidence, Ishmael began to work alone.

Group sculpture exhibitions include:

  • one of three finalists in the 3D visual arts category in the 2008 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) awarded by Zimbabwe’s National Arts Council
  • Certificate of Excellence, Kristin Diehl Sculpture Prize, German Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe (2006), Ishmael was chosen as one of the top ten artists, whose works formed a 6-day exhibition
  • ‘Creativity and Originality’, Group exhibition, Chitungwiza Arts Centre, Zimbabwe (2006)

Ishmael is one of the most promising young artists in Zimbabwe. His sculptures encapsulate the simplicity and grace of modern Zimbabwean sculpture.

There are more super sculptures by Ishmael Chitiyo available through our other company, Guruve, a web gallery based in the UK.
Click on the link to see Guruve’s Ishmael Chitiyo pieces.

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