Zimbabwe Shona Sculpture

Sam Mabeu

Knowlton Collection
Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania USA

24" high
10" wide
Springstone Serpentine
$ 1,375
Sam Mabeu is 25 years old and lives in Mabvuko, Zimbabwe about 15 minutes
east of Harare. Sam was initiated into the sculpture movement in Zimbabwe
when he was only 15 years old in Tafara with a few local artists. After only
four years the great sculptor Amos Supini, his neighbor, recognized Sam.
He worked as Amos' assistant and apprentice for three years before he
was approached by other well known artists, Joseph Muzondo and
Taylor Nkomo, and made a career move to be their apprentice
for one year each, respectively, to gain more experience. It was
with them that he was first introduced to the Chapungu Sculpture Park,
which he regularly visited to help other sculptors.

In 1999 Sam was invited to apply for the Residency Program at
Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare which he accepted and where
he worked in his own right for two years. It was at Chapungu that
Sam was encouraged to diversify by creating larger pieces of work
and further his vision by communicating with other sculptors at the Park.

Since 2001 Sam has been working on his own from his house in Mabvuke, which he shares with his family.

Sam's figurative socially aware work can be described as surreal cubism,
which he highlights by the intelligent use of the stone by leaving
in mixed with polished, textured and raw overtones. His work is
highly original and for such a young artist greatly regarded as
a rising star among sculptors.

Exhibitions and attending workshops include:
South Africa, Germany, England and he has been heavily promoted in the United States.

last update
22 June 2016 ~ 15:22
Knowlton Collection
4961 River Rd., Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 18950, USA

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