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.

Shona sculpture Ululating by Onias Mupumha
Zimbabwean artist Onias Mupumha portrait photo

Onias Mupumha


Onias’ style is graceful and organic with fluid uncomplicated lines, reflecting the beauty of natural design. Onias won the sculpture category in the visual arts section of Zimbabwe’s prestigious National Arts Merit Awards in 2008.

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