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Stephen Murenza

Shona Stone Sculptor

I was born in 1982 in rural district of Rushinga. I come from a family of six boys, five of whom are sculptors.

I grew up in a family of sculptors and I started to assist my brother Julius and Rufaro at the age of ten. Learning the art form by finishing my brothers’ sculptures.

In year 2000 I left my rural home and moved to Chitungwiza, a community near the country’s capital with a strong sculpting tradition, in order to further my skills as an artist and again more exposure for my work.

Despite living in an urban environment, I still feel close to nature, so many things inspire me and every stone is a sculpture waiting to come out. And my art explores love, human relations and reflects my positive outlook on life. I move effortlessly between representational and abstract interpretations, experimenting with texture and form and there is a beautiful simplicity to my work, movement and stillness at the same time. I do the communication with stone before I start carving, so the stone it tells me what to do.

My distinctive sculptures have sold to collectors and galleries in Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States(USA), Germany, Holland, Belgium, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada, I can say my diverse works have exhibited all around the world.

In 2012 I was featured in three exhibitions during my three month residency with ZimArt in Canada, Stone Dairies II at the distillery District in Toronto, Shona D ‘Afrique VIII in the West Island of Montreal, and Rice Lake XIII at the Rice Lake Gallery. I also led several successful sculpting workshops at the gallery.

And when I get back home I also participate at HIFA (Harare International Festival of Arts), it is highly successful meeting with people from across the world.


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Expressions Through My Art Works . Stephen Murenza.

Stephen murenzaMy works take a critical view of social and cultural issues. Each project often consists of multiple works in a range of different media,  grouped around specific themes and meanings.  I search out the texture and emotion of a subject while incorporating my love for society and culture. My passion lies in combining the two in a single image yet staying true to the story that presents itself.

As an artist,  I work hard to develop art that speaks both to me and to  others about the beauty that exists in the ruins of ancient societies  , I want to give society life once more through the message on my sculptures . I try with every finished work to breathe life into a long forgotten culture so that its designs,  ideas,  innovations and lifestyle are displayed on my work.

Each and every single piece contains a fragment of myself,  every piece I create is created in an effort to unearth myself. My sculptures explore my own morbid curiosities,  addressing the images that some may find odd , obscure or even grotesque.  My infatuation with such oddities manifests itself Stephen Murenza-Mine Quarryin my Shona art. I put myself,  if only briefly,  into the feeling of my subjects  , as they display their symbols of abundance  , good luck and wholesome joy.

News Update

Iam happy to announce that soon my gallery will have some  sculptures ready for sale with  prices,  dimensions and weight,  iam just finishing working out on few things .Thank you.


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