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Tragedy to Triumph

A story from Doug Dicker www.masvingo.com.au Phillip Kaviya is a man who is instantly likeable because of his quiet and honest nature. A man of few words, he has worked his way through heartache to regain his love of sculpting. In July of 2004, his wife fell extremely ill due to a sever stomach disorder. I needed to speak with Phillip during this time and was stopping off at his workshop where I learned that…

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THE JOURNEY OF THE STONE Continue reading...

THE JOURNEY OF THE STONE

The area around Mutare set in the hills of the Easter Highlands district of Zimbabwe is stunning. The highest elevation in southern Africa with a cooler climate and stunning views with the border to Mozambique at the door. A beautiful variation of black serpentine is found in the hills near by which is prized for sculpting family abstracts. Prized because it’s much harder than soapstone, which is normally used, but not too hard where detail…

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Johane, Venassa and Daniel Rangisse Continue reading...

Rangisse Sculptures

A story by Doug Dicker Kuwadzana is a satellite township situated just south of Harare. In 2005, the township was severely disrupted by the government’s clean-up campaign, as with all the townships, which left many without accommodation and sheltered work places. In, what used to be called a “home industry” area of Kuwadzana, lives a family of carvers. The Rangisse family. Born in Mozambique in 1959, Venassa Rangisse, fled the civil war in his homeland…

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Odias Chawatama – Determination in the face of adversity

 A story by Doug Dicker Odias Chawatama is a young man who has an inspirational story to tell. A modest personality with an easy smile, he is instantly like because of his determination and drive coupled with the quiet manner in which he applies himself to the task ahead. Odias was born with spinal bifida which has confined him to a wheel chair for mobility. But this has not dampened his spirit to become a…

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Clever with his beautiful young daughter Chantelle Continue reading...

In Memory of Clever Kangadzi

Clever Kangadzi was born in the rural area of Chiweshe, 90 minutes from Harare on the 27th July 1978, and attended the small school in the tiny town of Bare in that area. Clever was assisted by local artist, Uparty Majengwa, who helped him with the move into Harare where he was ever since 1999. He was married but separated with one daughter, who he adored. Outside of sculpting, Clever’s passion was soccer. On the…

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Bonded Through Tragedy and Triumph

                Phillip Kaviya and Lazarus Tandi have an unbreakable connection that is a pleasure to hear and see. Both men are independent sculptors in their own right, but share a bond that travels back in time since they were kids growing up in the Zimbabwean rural town of Bindura. Lazarus was born in 1955 in the Madzima Village and attended St Gabriel’s school in Bindura. He began sculpting…

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Bonded by Love and Art

A story by Doug Dicker www.masvingo.com.au Zimbabwe has an array of interesting people with interesting stories and sometimes some of these stories make it into my consciousness which makes me look even closer. One such story is that of Nyarai and Samuel Masakwa. It’s a story of two people finding one goal through a common dream….to become as best as they can be in their love of sculpting. Recently, Nyarai told me she often sees…

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