Since the beginning of time the Shona Tribe, from Zimbabwe, have sculpted in stone. Not for money or fame or recognition, but for the love of their land, their people and the rich culture in it. It is an essential means of communicating the deep and complex nature of the relationships that are fundamental to life in Zimbabwe, incorporating all that is seen and much of what is unseen into stone.
"Shona stone sculpture is perhaps the most important new art form to emerge from Africa this century” according to Newsweek. Shona art is surely one of the newest, most important and most increasingly collectible forms of art available today with collections found in such esteemed locations as the Rodin Museum in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, the London Museum of Contemporary Art and in the private collections of many connoisseurs including both Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Charles.
Since it’s emergence from Africa in the 1950’s it has gained global recognition and increasing popularity as it continually evolves to include more modern representations of traditional sources of inspiration. Evidence has recently emerged that some of the greatest artists of our time, including Pablo Picasso, were influenced by early Shona Art. With new techniques and better access to tools and raw stone sourced from around Zimbabwe, the new generation of artist is creating vibrant, modern, contemporary pieces that will appeal to any art collector.