Amatuli recently received beautiful stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. The artist is well known for his magnificent, one of a kind, face sculptures. His name is Rizimu Chiwawa, son of the famous first generation ‘Shona sculptor’ Edward Chiwawa.
In 2014 Rizimu won the highly competitive ‘Outstanding Mixed Media Award’ at the National Arts Merit Awards in Zimbabwe, honouring his pioneering vision.
With Serpentine stone, a chisel, hammer and various grades of sand paper, these are the simple tools used to make the sculptures. Rizimu has a strong sense of imagination, a powerful gesture and a mind full of untold stories, which are anthropomorphised through his inventive craft.
International travel has broadened Rizimu’s outlook and his willingness to innovate and experiment, which has led to many new techniques being included in his unique sculpturing style.
The majority of stones used in Zimbabwean sculpture are locally sourced and belong to the geological family of Serpentine. They are transformed into hard stone from subsequent exposure to intense heat and pressure over millions of years and are rich in iron. Zimbabwe houses ‘The Great Dyke’ a 2.5 billion year old horse-shoe ridge of 500km, stretching through the North and East, round to the centre of the country and is rich in minerals of every description. Serious sculptors prefer the hardest varieties. Dense stones have extremely fine grains and uniform structure, making them ideal raw materials for sculpting.
It’s a privilege to have Rizimu’s work at Amatuli Artefacts!