Samuel Lazaro - African (Shona)
Samuel Lazaro was born in 1976 in St. Mary's Chitungwiza, the only son in a family of four. He is one of the highly talented sculptors of this generation. He had his fair share of problems being born in a migrant family from Malawi. He eked out a living through sculpting. He has actively participated in exhibitions both local and international gaining recognition in countries like the United States of America, Belgium, Japan, Italy, China and the United Kingdom. Sculpting has also enabled him to look after his parents, wife and his two children. Samuel started sculpting as a young boy and by the time he reached secondary school in 1990, he teamed up as an apprentice to 39 year old former Bernard Takawira student, Lefat Gonde, an established sculptor. After completing his ordinary level of education he started sculpting full time. According to his words he wasn't after a quick dollar but sculpted for the love of the art form and an urge to explore his inner feelings about day to day topical issues and happenings that affect man and his environment, both mythical and non-mythical. His faith in the Apostolic Faith Mission also plays a paramount role as a source of inspiration. Some of his works are based on biblical stories such as "Listening to the Jubilee Trumpet" which is about the enslavement of people during Noah's time. This piece is featured on the Zimbank 2000 calendar. He also draws inspiration from people around him, most notably his "granny," a former pottery maker in Chitungwiza, and other sculptors like Lazarus Takawira, Lefat Gonde and several others. Samuel uses a variety of stones including springstone, verdite, opal, cobalt and fruit serpentine. Lazaro exhibits at Vhukutiwa Gallery, Stone Dynamics, Stone Heritage, and the National Art Gallery in Harare.