Noel Mwanza (Shona)
Noel Mwanza was born in Harare in 1964, and is the brother of another carver, Jim Mwanza, who works with him. He became interested in all aspects of art at an early age, as do most of those who go on to become full time artists during the goods times in Zimbabwe which promised a better life for many. Not as it is now. In 1992, established carver, Ernest Chiwaridzo, apprenticed him for a number of years until Noel became confident of his ability to start out on his own and develop numerous styles. His favourite stone to work with is fruit serpentine due to its various colours. Noel says he can create a similar piece but will never look the same due to the colours of fruit. Noel lives with his wife and sons just on the outskirts of Harare in a house he managed to buy through the proceeds of selling his art. Speaking of his art...he believes art should flow from the heart, but inspiration can also come from watching people interact with each other.