If you haven’t been to see ZimSculpt at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, hurry before the exhibition ends July 31st.
More than 100 beautiful Zimbabwean modern sculptures, known as Shona sculpture, carved from serpentine and semi-precious stone have been displayed throughout the gardens.
ZimSculpt is an exhibition promoting the work of some of the finest Zimbabwean sculptors. And as part of the exhibit, artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Aron Kapembeza are stationed right outside of the ZimSculpt Marketplace demonstrating their artistry and educating guests about their process and art.
As a reminder, visitors may purchase any of the sculptures on display in the garden, as well as the ones created by the on-site artists and those in the ZimSculpt Marketplace, located in Dallas Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. Commissioned pieces can be ordered and made on site by the artists.
About the on-site artists
Aron Kapembeza: Aron is one of Zimbabwe’s most successful and most represented artists; he is also a self-taught sculptor, specializing in Springstone and stone inlay. He maintains his studio and gallery in New Tafara, Harare. At a young age, he discovered that he could see the finished sculptures hidden in Springstone, and from that moment, a transformation began. His passion for the human form has made him develop his own expressive style – for example, taking womanhood from tender ages to motherhood. This can be seen in a wide range of gorgeous sculptures ranging from stylized to representational in the Marketplace and throughout the gardens.
Passmore Mupindiko: Passmore started carving at a young age; his favorite medium was wood. After a life-changing visit to a famous art community called Tengenenge in Zimbabwe, he was convinced by the proprietor Tom Blomfield, to start sculpting in stone. He now creates all his work in stone, focusing on leaf bowls (used for attracting birds), slender guinea fowl, shells, and leaf heads. His work has been exhibited all over the world, including countries such as France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark.