Elephant in Leopard Stone by Remember Chikuruwo

SKU: S291

$2,500 $3,000

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Artist Bio:

Remember Chikuruwo

“I was born in a family with four sisters and I was the only boy. I learnt stone sculpting from my father Simoriro Chikuruwo. My father owns a Leopard Rock Mine. I began assisting my father in the year 2006 when I had completed my Ordinary education. We do art as a family together with my mother Tambudzai Makuyana.

The story in my art relates to the spiritual animals such as birds, frogs, cats, fish, waves and flowers. When I grew up, I was a hunter so when I want to renew my vigor in creativity I just wander in on memories of mountains and river banks.

I am a Fair and Trade approved artist and I have done workshops with designers from Denmark at events held at the Chitungwiza Arts Centre in 2011 and also in 2013. They taught me how to work on technical drawings. I then transferred to stone sculpture and I made functional art such as lights and bowls. Also I was awarded two certificates upon the complexion of the workshops. I have exhibited my works all over the world in Europe, Africa, America and Asia.”

 Country of Origin:

  • Hand carved in Zimbabwe

Dimensions (in inches):

  • Depth: 11"
  • Width: 25"
  • Height: 24"

Type of Stone:

  • Leopard Stone
  • A very hard and rare variety of serpentine stone found only in the smaller mines in eastern Zimbabwe. It is named leopard stone for its black and white spots and details on a bright and lime green background. Zimbabwe is the only place in the world where you can find Leopard Stone. Only the most skilled artists pick this stone as it is very difficult to carve.


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  • This piece is free-standing. It includes an iron base with a pin for extra suability. 
  • This piece can be displayed outside as weather will not harm the stone. Shona sculpture is the perfect addition to any garden design!

About Shona Sculpture:

Stone sculpture in Zimbabwe, dating from 1956 until today, is the best-known manifestation of African contemporary art. Northern Zimbabwe has uniquely large amounts of carvable stone. The stone was so important to the people that the name ‘Shona’ is derived from a word in their native language that means ‘house of stone.’ There is no technical artistic training in Shona sculpture. Sculpting skills are passed down through families and the large and hard stones are carved with only a hammer and chisel. Hemingway Gallery purchases this sculpture directly from the Shona artists in Zimbabwe and has imported the monumental stone artwork since the early 1980s. These fine modern sculptures are unparalleled in both carving skill and design. Hemingway holds long-standing relationships with artists like Bywell Sango, Sylvester Mubayi, Witness Bonjisi and many more.

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    Our Pricing:

    Our pricing correlates directly to the asking prices of artists in Zimbabwe and the costs of importing their artwork to the U.S. We need to change the idea that artists should be paid pennies for their fine art just because it comes from Africa. 

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    Please email us at info@hemingwayafricangallery.com or call 212-838-3650 with the SKU # for further information on this piece.

         Hemingway Gallery places significant emphasis on Shona Sculpture from Zimbabwe, which was the first gallery to introduce monumental sizes of the stone sculptures to the United States. Shona sculpture serves as a means of celebrating traditional African motifs while simultaneously being quintessentially modern art, borne out of a 20th-century renaissance. The abundance of carvable stone in Zimbabwe sets it apart as the only African nation with large deposits suitable for sculpting. The significance of stone to the people of Zimbabwe is demonstrated by the fact that the term 'Zimbabwe' translates to 'house of stone' in the Shona native language. In ancient times, unique soapstone carvings of birds adorned the 11th-century city of Great Zimbabwe. 

         Shona sculpture lacks any formal technical artistic training. Instead, sculpting skills are transmitted through families, and the hard, large stones are shaped using just a hammer and chisel, without any modern power tools being employed. Several beliefs and cultures in Shona society inspire the themes conveyed through stone sculptures. These encompass mythology, spiritual ideology, and rituals. The Shona believe that the rock contains images that are revealed to them in their dreams by the spirits of their ancestors. When these images are brought to life through sculpture, the spirits are liberated and become a part of the shared human consciousness, soaring freely. In the words of Bernard Matemera, one of the founders of this movement: "The spirits are everywhere in the air, in the rocks. A rock is like a fruit - like an orange or a banana. You don't eat them without peeling them first. It needs to be opened to be eaten. I open the rocks. The fruit is inside."

         Shona sculptors crafted a unique style that possessed a modern flair reminiscent of Picasso, Brancusi, and Modigliani while still being reflective of traditional Zimbabwean mythology, folklore, rituals, and beliefs. Shona sculpture's significance as one of the most crucial advancements in 20th-century African artwork was firmly established by a significant exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1969.

         Since the early 1980s, Hemingway Gallery has been importing monumental stone artworks from Shona artists in Zimbabwe. The gallery ethically procures this sculpture directly from the source. Works from first generation Shona sculptors such as Henry Munyaradzi, Sylvestor Mubayi, Fanizani Akuda, Josiah Manzi, Bernard Takawira, Nicholas Mukomberanwa, and Bernard Matemera, are much sought after by art collectors worldwide. Despite the passing of the first generation of artists, the gallery collection still holds a limited selection of their pieces. Hemingway had a close relationship with these first Shona carvers and continues the relationship with the subsequent generations of artists. Not only are these modern sculptures of exceptional carving skill and design, but they are also affordable and available in sizes suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.

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