Bases and Pedestals
Gallery South Africa
Directors Standard Choice
Title: Selected Artists
Material: Stone sculptor
Current Location: Harare
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Tonderai Mashaya was born on the 5th of April 1977 in Nyanga in Zimbabwes eastern highlands. His totem is dziva. He is the fifth child in a family of seven (three boys and four girls). All of his brothers are sculptors.
From a young age Tonderai has been familiar with the ways of sculpture. After leaving school in 1993, completing is O levels, there was only one path he wanted to follow. He began to sculpt under the tutelage of Gidean Nyanhongo. Tonderai spent two years learning the fundamental of stone carving from Nyanhongo. Mashayas work is showing definite signs of originality and individuality.
His work has been represented in Chapungu Sculpture Parks large scale exhibition Customs and Legends A Sculpture In Stone held in the Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, R.S.A. in 2000 and in Kew Gardens, London, England in 2001.
His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in the Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A., Germany, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Canada and Ireland. He was a resident artist at Gallery 2000 from 1996-1997. He was also a resident artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park from 1998-2000.
He exhibited a one man show at the Sheraton Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2001. He also exhibited a one man show at the Art Café in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2002.
He has had a wide reception for his work which deals with spirits, trophies given at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival.
He sees stone as exercising the imagination of the sculptor to represent the spirit, something existing in the mind of the believer, but truly believed in. In his work he likes to represent his traditional Shona culture, as it is applied to everyday life.