Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Robert Kwechete

Knowlton Collection
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania USA

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18.5" high
17.5" wide
Intertwining Giraffe Family
Black Iron Serpentine
$ 1,500
25" high
19" wide
Giraffes
Dark Serpentine
$ 2,650
20.5" high
10" wide
Gentle Giraffe
Family
Nyanga Mountain Serpentine
$ 1,400
Robert Kwechete: was born 1959 in the ancient Inyanga Mountains in Zimbabwe.
Robert Kwechete attended Popeto Primary School. While a child, Robert
experienced African animals in their natural habitat. The young boy watched
giraffes, rhino, waterbucks and fawns and began to feel
a mystical link with each creature.

Robert began his career at the age of 18 working as an apprentice for
several artists before venturing out on his own in Bulawayo and eventually
moving to Harare with his wife and children. When he began to practice his art,
Kwechete did not feel obligated to conform to the logic of straight lines. His work
evolves in true African spirals and the carved lines of his animals sweep sensuously
and continuously. He prefers to work with Python Serpentine, which combines
deep greens and light caramel tones. The artist travels miles to the quarry
where the stone is found.

One of the wonders of his art is his use of negative space. He seems to
open up the stone around his animals in a way that lets you feel very close to them.
Working in extremely hard stone and constantly dealing with a concern for
natural faults in the raw stone, he is able to achieve a rich balance between
his natural and somewhat abstract forms.

Robert Kwechete often uses the gathering of a family of giraffes
as the figurative expression of family love and devotion.
His works want to be touched. Its elegance and beauty is
powerful, prolific, creative and sensitive,
Robert truly listens to the "voices in stone".

Married with children, Robert Kwechete is Zimbabwe's finest carver
of exquisite stone animals. Many other carvers seek to capture the
grace and elegance of the country's numerous beautiful animals
but Robert Kwechete stands out above all others.

His work has been exhibited internationally in:
Australia, Germany, England, Japan, China and
the United States including the exhibitions listed below:

1990: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Cambridge, Massachusetts
1991: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
1993 Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe:Berkeley College, White Plains, New Jersey
1993 to 1995: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: the Montauk Club, Brooklyn, New York
1994: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Princeton University
1994: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey
1996 to 1997: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Somerset Art Museum, Bedminster, New Jersey
1997 Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
1997 Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: New York City
2002 to 2003: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Princeton, New Jersey
2003 to 2005: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Point Pleasant, PA
2006: Group Exhibition, Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe: Point Pleasant, PA

Publications:

"Spirits in Stone" by Anthony and Laura Ponter

last update
2 April 2016 ~ 13:24 EST
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