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Biography

I was born on 29 October 1968 in Nyanga, Zimbabwe. My father, Claudio Nyanhongo, is an internationally renowned sculptor who started in life working as a craftsman. His father who died when he was only two years old was a blacksmith making household tools. Claudio then started his sculpting using his late father's tools. I am one of nineteen children of whom nine, seven boys and two girls, are also sculptors.

I grew up helping Claudio finish sculptures during weekends and school holidays. I went to St Mary's Magdalene's and St Faith Mission Schools for secondary education and did diploma in education at Hiĺlside teacher's college. I then taught Religious studies, English and Shona at secondary school level in Mazowe for six years. At the weekends and during school holidays I did sculpting and eventually left teaching to become a full-time sculptor in 1996.  

I worked with Agnes, my sister, and we still share the same workshop and often travel to international exhibitions together. I was mentored in my early days as a sculptor by Roy Guthrie, the Founder and Director of Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, Zimbabwe, and I am currently working as his part time personal assistant.

I have been involved with all the Chapungu Sculpture Park international exhibitions since 2007. I have curated sculpture exhibitions from small marquee-based events to large outdoor garden shows, often having to handle the larger sculptures using forklifts.

I have given many sculpting workshops, sculpting demonistrations and symposiums at sculpture exhibitions in Botanical Gardens and private studios in Germany, England and USA, working alongside other international artists. 

I mainly work with hard stone: springstone, opal stone, leopard rock, verdite, lapidolite and all the colourful serpentines. My work is included in some major collections worldwide and I have exhibited at many local and international exhibitions.

All sculptures marked [available] in the Gallery section are for sale and for prices please contact me. I can arrange shipments to you at your cost. I do commissions and can as well source sculptures from other Zimbabwean sculptors including 'The First Generation'.

Exhibitions​​

  • 2013 Chapungu Exhibition Miami Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
  • 2012-2013 Chapungu - Custom and Legand a Culture in Stone - Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Florida, USA
  • 2011-2016 Art in Action Waterperry House/Gardens, Oxford, England
  • 2008 Three Genarations Nyanhongo Family Exhibition Centerra Park Loveland, Colorado, USA
  • 2008 Chapungu - Nature, Man and Myth - Kingsville, Missouri, USA
  • 2007-2008 Chapungu - Custom and Legand a culture in Stone Denver Botanical Gardens, Colorado, USA
  • 2007-2020 Chapungu - Stories in Stone an Africa perspective of Family Centerra Park Loveland, Colorado, USA
  • 2007 Chapungu - Nature, Man and Myth - Missouri Botanical Gardens, St Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 2007 Gallarie Shona Exhibition and schools workshops Otto-Hahn Gymnassium, Geesthacht, Germany
  • 2007 International Sympossium and Exhibition - Christian Jensen Kolleg Breklum, Germany
  • 2004-2005 Chapungu - Stories in Stone an African perspective of Family, Columbus, Ohio USA
  • 2004 Hope Exhibition Berlin Bortanischer Garten, Germany
  • 2004 Chapungu - Custom and Legend a Culture of Stone Denver Botanical Gardens, Colorado, USA
  • 2003 Chapungu - Chicago Botanical Gardens, USA
  • 2003 Mystery in Stone Royal Horticaltural Society Hyde Hall, England
  • 2003 Hope Exhibition Diez, Germany
  • 2001 Chapungu - Nature, man and Myth - Missouri Botanical Garderns, St Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 2000 Chapungu - Income and inspiration through sculpture - Hanover Expo, Germany
  • 1999 Africa in stone - Family Exhibition Claire Hall, Cambridge, England
  • 1998 Chapungu Keistenbosch National Botanic Garderns, South Africa

Major Collections

  • 2013 The Leopards Diez City, Germany
  • 2007 Divine Calling Christian Jensen Kolleg Breklum, Germany
  • 2005 Calling on the Spirits Chapungu permanant collection Centerra Park, USA
  • 2003 Spirit of Motherhood Diez City, Germany
  • 2003 Holy Unification Diez City, Germany
  • 2003 Calling Bird Diez City, Germany
  • 2002 Mother's Love - Chapungu permanant collection Keistenbosch, South Africa
  • 2002 Blessing the newly weds - Chapungu permanant colletion Keistenbosch, South Africa
  • 2001 The Gift - Chapungu permanant collection Keistenbosch Cape Town, South Africa
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