Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Artwork

Angel Protecting A Holy Child, 2003

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Angel Protecting A Holy Child, 2003

Black serpentine, signed

73 x 21 x 16 in

Price on Request

Proud Woman, 2003

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Proud Woman, 2003

Opal, signed

43 x 20 x 17.50 in

Price on Request

Traditional Dresser, 2002

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Traditional Dresser, 2002

Opal, signed

37.50 x 12.50 x 13 in

$7,500.00

Congratulations, 2003

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Congratulations, 2003

Opal, signed

74 x 21.50 x 12 in

Price on Request

Ripe for Marriage, 2002

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Ripe for Marriage, 2002

Opal, signed

33 x 12 x 12 in

$4,800.00

Proud Lovers, 2004

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Proud Lovers, 2004

Opal, signed

77 x 17 x 14 in

Price on Request

Spirit Pleasers, 2003

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Spirit Pleasers, 2003

Black serpentine, signed

26 x 42 x 15 in

Price on Request

Proud Planned Family, 2003

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Proud Planned Family, 2003

Opal, signed

77.50 x 22 x 7 in

Price on Request

Sunbathing, 2004

Washington Msonza - African (Shona)

Sunbathing, 2004

Opal, not signed, 200+lbs

26.50 x 36.50 x 12 in

Price on Request

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Washington Msonza - African (Shona)
Washington Msonza was born in 1966 in Domboshava where he attended primary school. He then moved to Chitungwiza to attend secondary schooling. While in school, he spent most of his time watching his brother-in-law Albert Mamvura also a sculptor, whose workshop was close to his house. In 1988 Msonza began assisting Albert full time, while simultaneously gaining experience by watching other well known artists in the area including Gedion Nyanhongo, Biggie Kapeta and Locardia Ndandarika. He began by sculpting smaller works, and later began creating life-size sculptures. Washington’s great-aunt Locardia Ndandarika conveyed to him the ability to develop a feeling for what he calls” Imagination of the stone’s soul” or the capability to foresee a hidden sculpture in the unhewn stone. An important thematic foundation if inspiration for Washington lies in the Shona myths which were told to him during childhood. He preferably chooses Black Serpentine and Springstone as media for his sculptures, contrasting polished and differently hewn unpolished surfaces. His graphic figures radiate a deep inner power offering interesting perspectives through the unique three-dimensional qualities. Washington Msonza’s work can be marveled at galleries in the USA, South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and Zimbabwe. His early work can be seen at Nhukutu Gallery, in the Chapungu Sculpture Park and in Springstone Gallery. In 1991 he participated in the annual heritage exhibition of the Zimbabwe National Gallery. In 2000, Msonza represented Zimbabwe in the Changschun International Sculpture symposium in China. Msonza Washington was born in 1966. He attended primary school in Domboshava. He then moved to Chitungwiza to attend secondary schooling. While in school, he spent most of his time watching his brother-in-law Albert Mamvura whose workshop was close to his house. In 1988, Washington started assisting Albert. He also gained experience by watching other famous artists in the area such as Gedion Nyanhongo, Biggie Kapeta and Locardia Ndandarika. He started by sculpting small sculptures, but later began creating life-size sculptures. His early work can be seen at Nhukutu Gallery, in the Chapungu Sculpture Park and in Springstone Gallery. In 1991 he participated in the annual heritage exhibition of the Zimbabwe National Gallery. In 2002 he exhibited at Krippan (???) and also in China where he got a sculpture diploma
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