Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Licola Muteta

Knowlton Collection
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania USA

26" high
7" wide
Wearing My
New Skirt
Springstone Serpentine
$ 1,500
Licola Muteta was born January 18, 1975 in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. He is the youngest in a family of four. He originates from Mutoko and his totem is "Soko Muhrewa" (Monkey).

Licola went to secondary school at Morgan High School in Harare and began sculpting in 1989 while still in school. He worked under the tutelage of Danny Kanyemba, another prominent Zimbabwean sculptor. He was encouraged to go solo and pursue sculpting as a full time career by his mentor, the late Moses Masaya.

Licola has a great love for Shona culture and this coupled with his imaginative and innovative ability has ensured that his work is of a very high standard and has earned him admiration from collectors from around the world.

Licola bases his work on day to day events that interest him and the feelings and emotions of the people around him. His faces and gestures reflect the joys and the sadness experienced by the sprawling population of the Chitungwisa suburb in which he lives.

It is pleasing to note that Licola has been instrumental in encouraging and teaching younger artists, several of whom are now pursuing solo careers. Licola's skills have also been appreciated in Zimbabwe, in particular by Roy Guthrie, the Director of the Chapungu Sculpture Park where Licola was a resident from 1996 to 1997.

When questioned on his motivation for sculpting, Licola says:
"I guess God gave me the courage and talent to sculpt."

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2 April 2016 ~ 13:24 EST
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