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Biography of Nesbert MUKOMBERANWA

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Mukomberanwa Nesbert (Born in 1969), is a Zimbabwean sculptor.

Nesbert Mukomberanwa was born in Buhera district in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. He first began stone carving at the age of 14 but his serious involvement with sculpting began in 1987 under the guidance of his uncle, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, one of Zimbabwe's foremost artists. Nesbert stayed with his uncle for two years at his Ruwa farm benefiting from the opportunity to learn from and work alongside an acknowledged master.

Since 1989 he has been working independently and has in recent years shown increasing evidence of his own creative talent. He can now justifiably be counted amongst the most significant talents of Zimbabwe's 'second (or post - independence) generation' of sculptors.

Most commonly his sculptures are figurative, incorporating smooth rounded forms, and miniaturised heads. As with all genuinely talented sculptors, he is clearly comfortable with his chosen medium, recognising and harnessing its qualities in the creation of his sculptural forms. This ability is particularly evident in works which incorporate the stone's natural rough texture with the smooth polished surfaces that are his own creation.

The harmony between the artist and his medium is also much in evidence in more recent abstract forms and provide a further indication of this young artist's developing talent. Mukomberanwa's talent is increasingly gaining recognition through participation in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe's annual Heritage Exhibitions as well as exhibitions in Germany, Belgium, the United States and South Africa. Matombo Gallery's association with Nesbert began in 1996 and he has already shown himself capable of ranking alongside Zimbabwe's other outstanding 'second generation' sculptors such as Norbert Shamuyarira and the late Brighton Sango.

Last update : 07/19/2007

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