Agnes Nyanhongo

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Agnes Nyanhongo
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Agnes Nyanhongo, Frankfurt, Germany, 1994
Born1960 (1960)
NationalityZimbabwean
EducationBAT workshop school, National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Known forSculpture
Notable work
Refugee Mother and Child
MovementSculpture of Zimbabwe
Spouse(s)Joseph Munemo
AwardsAward of Merit, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, 1989 and 1990

Agnes Nyanhongo (born 1960) is a Zimbabwean sculptor.[1]

Early life and training[edit]

A native of Nyanga, Nyanhongo is the daughter of first-generation sculptor Claud Nyanhongo and sister of Gedion Nyanhongo. She spent much time helping in her father's studio as a girl and began sculpting full-time in 1980. In 1983, she entered the B.A.T. Workshop school at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, where she spent three years.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Stylistically, Nyanhongo's work is very similar to that of her father, and takes as its theme mainly female issues. Her sculptures are in the permanent collection of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood, Colorado,[4] and at the exhibition Zimbabwe Sculpture: a Tradition in Stone at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.[5]

The catalogue "Chapungu: Culture and Legend – A Culture in Stone" for the exhibition at Kew Gardens in 2000 depicts Nyanhongo's major works Divided Family (Springstone, 1992) on p. 32-33, Keeping the History (Springstone, 1999) on p. 108-109, Grandmother Fetches Water (Springstone, 1998) on p. 80-81 and her celebration of the Zimbabwean national heroine Mbuya Nehanda, Mbuya Nehanda - Spirit Medium (Opal stone, 1995) on p. 78-79.[6] Nyanhongo was resident artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare (1996–2003) and her work is widely collected: Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou are among its known owners.[7]

International exhibitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winter-Irving, Celia (1995). "Agnes Nyanhongo". Stone Sculpture in Zimbabwe. Roblaw Publishers. pp. 125–127. ISBN 0908309147.
  2. ^ "Agnes Nyanhongo". Zimsculpt. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ Mawdsley, Joceline. "Agnes Nyanhongo". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Agnes Nyanhongo". publicartarchive.org. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe Sculpture", Atlanta Airport Site Archived 18 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Catalogue published by Chapungu Sculpture Park, 2000, 136pp printed in full colour, with photographs by Jerry Hardman-Jones and text by Roy Guthrie (no ISBN)
  7. ^ "Agnes Nyanhongo". Zimsculpt. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. ^ Contemporary Stone Carving from Zimbabwe, 1990, ISBN 1-871480-04-3

Further reading[edit]

  • Mawdsley, Joceline (1995) Agnes Nyanhongo and Colleen Madamombe: An Exhibition of Sculpture Spanning a Twelve Year Association with Chapungu Sculpture Park Chapungu Sculpture Park, Harare
  • Winter-Irving, C. (2004) Pieces of Time: An anthology of articles on Zimbabwe’s stone sculpture published in The Herald and Zimbabwe Mirror 1999–2000. Mambo Press, Zimbabwe, ISBN 0869227815

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