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Biography of Akuda FANIZANI

Zimbabwe > Arts : Akuda FANIZANI

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Born on 11/11/1932 (format : day/month/year)

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Fanizani Akuda is a Zimbabwean sculptor.

Born on 11 th november 1932 in Zambia,came to Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) in 1949 in search of work. He came across the rural community of sculptors at Tengenenge Sculpture Community in 1967 and was eventually persuaded to try his hand at sculpting.

Since joining Tengenenge, in the words of its founder, Tom Blomefield, Fanizani's work "brought an originality, vitality and an absorbing spirit of Africa into the many exhibitions in which he has participated."

Fanizani Akuda, is a unique and original talent. His style is neither derivative nor imitative. A Fanizani sculpture is immediately recognisable. His forms and shapes are uniquely his own. They are full and rounded, friendly and fun-filled, emanating benevolence and togetherness.

Fanizani's art reflects his closeness to his traditions, to his own life experiences and how he sees and relates to people and to the natural and supernatural world. Human forms are commonly carved, often depicting the closeness of family ties typical of African societies. Such human forms are invariably tactile, rounded forms that seem to be pressed together creating folded masses and grooves that interact harmoniously and even playfully together. His animal forms are always created totally devoid of any malevolence or evil intent. He is a sculptor totally at peace with his creations.

Although Fanizani has lived and worked in Chitungwiza since 1975 his name is closely associated with Tengenenge and his work is featured in many of their exhibitions. In 1994, for example, his sculptures were included in an exhibition in The Netherlands "Tengenenge Old - Tengenenge New". His work is to be found in the collections of the Museum Fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, and the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.

Last update : 07/09/2008

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