Portrait image of Zimbabwean artist Jetro Zinyeka with one of his sculptures

Jetro Zinyeka

Jetro Zinyeka is a cousin of the well-known Zimbabwean sculptor Gladman Zinyeka (deceased). He was born in 1970 in the Gutu district of central Zimbabwe. He is the only boy in a family of three.

In 1988, he completed his O-Levels and obtained a good number of subjects. Sadly, after leaving school, he was unable to find a job. It was then that his cousin Gladman introduced him to sculpting. Gladman was, at the time, one of the best-known young artists in the Shona sculpture movement. Jetro worked with his cousin until he

“knew how to talk to a natural rock and then work on it and bring out something that other people appreciated.”

Jetro Zinyeka was part of the group sculpture exhibition ‘In Praise Of Women’, which toured Oxford, London, Denmark and Sweden in 2003. This prestigious exhibition featured his sculptures alongside works by Agnes Nyanhongo and Colleen Madamombe, amongst others.

His work is also shown by Afridesia (USA), Zuwa Gallery (USA), Rice Lake Gallery (Canada) and Touch Africa (Korea/Cape Town).

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