Canaan Ngandu - African (Shona)
Canaan Musiyiwa Ngandu Canaan Musiyiwa Ngandu was born in a family of eight, the second after his sister. He took his first breath on earth on the 6th of June 1972 in Goromonzi, his mother's rural home. His first rural home was in Chiweshe Mashonganyika kraal Musiyiwa Village. He is of the Soko Murimirwa (Mukanya) totem. Canaan grew up in Chitungwiza and did his primary education at Seke 11 Primary School from 1979 to 1985, and his secondary level at Seke 5 High School from 1986 to 1989. After school he worked as an assistant upholsterer in Msasa industrial Area until 1991. Canaan's career as an artist started early in 1992 when he started working with his friend John Type who was already in art since 1989. He started by doing the assistant's work of polishing. It only took him a year doing the assistant work with John who then quickly encouraged him to portray some vision of art on the stone. As friends they used to argue about places that needed alterations. In late 1993 he produced his first piece, a stork bird, with the assistance of John. All of these years he emulated the works of the late Kennedy Nigari and Masaya that are among the second and first generations respectively. After producing his first piece, he did not stop. He produced an abstract as his second piece. "I do not hesitate to say it is the works of Masaya and Migari with courageous words of friend John Type that has molded and shaped me to be an artist I am today." Canaan enjoys carving that is visionary and creative combining nature with human feelings in both modern and cultural way of living. He carves abstract in figures, birds and heads. His sculptures are displayed across the world in Holland, Belgium, USA, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Germany and around Zimbabwe. Canaan is happily married to Fenia and has a son Tashinga and daughter Chido.