Paintings by Zimbabwean Tribal Artists

Paintings by Zimbabwean Tribal Artists

We are eager to introduce some wonderful Zimbabwean painters whose work Jenny personally selected for us. Most are well established artists in Zimbabwe and have exhibited their work internationally. While Shona sculptors are known the world over for being among the best sculptors in the world, painters are less known, becauseit is only recently that Zimbabwe has made a place for itself in the genre of painting.

Traditionally in southern Africa paintings were mainly created by women--typically those of the Ndebele tribe, and the art was solely painted as decoration on structures. It was only in the late 1980's that contemporary painting on canvas, paper & other "portable" mediums spread to Zimbabwe, and when it did, almost all of the two dimensional "portable" art was created by men.

With extraordinary vitality and creativity, these artists interpret the every-day rhythms, pulse and tempo of life around them. With humor, innovation, texture, with color and bold strokes their works resonate with Zimbabwean culture. While almost everyone else in Zimbabwe sculpts in stone, this new group of artists have chosen canvas and paper! They are creating a breakthrough for art in Zimbabwe. Their work is proof of the vast, richly diverse and intrinsic talent that the people of Zimbabwe have to share with the rest of the world.