Shona Sculpture

The Shona Sculpture Gallery specialises in stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, by talented young artists and the famous names of previous generations.

These unique sculptures have a striking simplicity. From early works by ground-breaking artists to modern abstract creations by the contemporary masters, they are all part of the Shona sculpture art movement – the most important art movement to emerge from Africa in the twentieth century.

Many of the sculptors are inspired by Shona culture and traditions, and their beliefs in the spirit world. (The Shona are the most numerous tribal group in Zimbabwe.)

They sculpt using high quality locally sourced stone. Zimbabwe is blessed with a high quantity and variety of stone suitable for sculpting, especially serpentine.

Whatever the age or gender of the artist, every piece has one thing in common – the guarantee of quality and authenticity.

Related links:

Shona sculpture movement – Zimbabwe’s art history

Shona spirit beliefs and how they inspire Zimbabwean sculpture

Types of stone commonly used by the best Zimbabwean artists

Sculpture process – stages in the process from raw stone to sculpture

Common themes in Zimbabwean sculpture

Life as a sculptor – comments and insight from Zimbabwean artists