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Biography of Lameck BONJIZI

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Lameck Bonjizi (1973-2003) was a Zimbabwean sculptor.

 Lameck was born in 1973, in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. The first child born in a family of seven. At the young age of fourteen Lameck was forced to leave school and seek employment. His father, a builder, was having a difficult time supporting his growing family. During Lameck's spare time from work he began to practice sculpting using rudimentary tools, a nail and a flat stone.

In 1989 he approached the late Nicholas Mukomberanwa, arguably Zimbabwe's leading sculptor, and was accepted as an assistant and apprentice to Mukomberanwa's workshop. Lameck spent two years sculpting under Nicholas' guidance. As soon as he began sculpting full time Lameck shot to fame internationally and held exhibitions throughout the world.

Lameck's sculptures have distinct stylized lines, a characteristic evidently inspired from his apprenticeship to Mukomberanwa. Lameck's works are very striking; leaving a strong impression in the viewer's memory. His careful selection of the perfect stone to use is quite admirable and exhibits his dedication to creating a masterpiece.

Lameck introduced his younger brother, Witness Bonjizi , into the sculpture world. In 1992, Witness began apprenticing with Lameck and Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Witness apprenticed with these two artists for four years. Unfortunately Lameck passed away in 2003, and Zimbabwe was robbed of one of its brightest talents. His brother, Witness, continues sculpting today.

He died at the age of thirty on the 8th November 2003.

Last update : 07/19/2007

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