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Together Forever - by Lovemore Bonjisi - Zimbabwe-SOLD-

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Carved from a magnificent piece of Cobalt stone, Together Forever stands 29" high x 21" wide.
Lovemore Bonjisi was born on January 15, 1985 in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. Although he is the youngest in the Bonjisi dynasty of stone sculptors, some say he has proven to be the most dynamic artist by far, thanks to years of grooming under the tutorage of his brother Lameck. Lameck who was one of Zimbabwe’s most creative and successful sculptors, passed away in 2003 at the age of thirty. Introduced to stone sculpture by Lameck when he was only twelve years old, Lovemore had been able to complete his primary education. Unfortunately he was unable to attend high school since he did not possess a birth certificate. This left him with few options so he assisted Lameck wherever he could. At first, he was finishing and polishing Lameck's pieces. As he progressed, Lameck would give him small raw stones to work on. With these almost unworkable pieces, Lovemore's sense of creativity was unleashed. He produced sculptures which by the age of 14 had won the hearts of many who were dealing with Lameck. They encouraged him to work on bigger pieces marking the beginning of his career. At 15, Lovemore received his National Birth Certificate but then his heart was set on sculpture as a career and he never went back to school. In the shadow of his brother, Lovemore's work seemed to perplex many who viewed it. Lameck's belief was a state of mind on the stones so as to produce amazing sculpture. But to Lovemore, he claimed, “A sculpture exists already in the stone before you start working on it. All I do as an artist, I remove the unwanted material to reveal the sculpture hidden within. It’s like cutting a diamond”. Lovemore's work is so diverse and dynamic, ranging from traditional to modern coupled with sharp angles and smooth long necks with life-like faces. Lovemore gets roots from the legendary sculptor Nicholas Mukomberanwa who in turn taught Lameck Bonjisi who then passed on the knowledge. These two generations of great stone sculptors have led him to his remarkable destiny. Lovemore loves working on Cobalt, Springstone and Opalstone and his sculptures have found homes in galleries and private collections all around the world.

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