Chemedu Jemali- African (Shona)
Chemedu Jemali Chemedu Jemali was born on March 3, 1971 in Harare where he did his primary education. He and his family then moved to the Shamva township where he completed high school. His family is originally from Malawi and their totem is of the Miranzi (mouse). He started sculpting in 1990. He was taught to sculpt by his brother Chituwa Jemali. He has three brothers and one sister. In the early 1990's, Chemedu took an interest in carving, inspired by the success of his older brother, Chituwa, an established carver. Initially, he worked as an apprentice to Chituwa who introduced him to carving the local hard stone such as verdite, springstone, cobalt and lemon opal. His brother, Salim, is also a full time sculptor. Chemedu produces abstract creations of various themes - from spirit birds to stylized busts. He has become a well known artist in the Shona Art Movement in The Netherlands and Germany. In 2002, he held four exhibition workshops in Germany (Rhauderfern, Steinfurt, Stadhuishal Hengelo and Techlenburg) and an exhibition in the Chiefs and Spirit Gallery in Den Haag, Netherlands. All of his sculptures on display were sold. Chemedu is one of the members of Matopos Association. In 1995, Chemedu married Tendai Pintu and they have a boy and a girl. Usually a quiet living man, he enjoys following his favorite soccer team, the local Dynamos.