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JUJA TEMBO

(1970, Centenary, Zimbabwe)

Juja Tembo was born in Zimbabwe however he is also part of the Chewa Tribe of Malawi and his totem is the Zebra. At school he learned woodworking and after school worked on a farm and as a general labourer. After a serious accident, he had to leave his job, and this eventually led to his introduction into stone sculpting. His brother, Wilfred Tembo was an established sculptor working at Tenegenge Art Community and Juja worked as his apprentice. For several years, Juja learned and practiced various hand sculpting techniques before finding his own whimsical style. Juja won a prize at the Korean Embassy Art Exhibition in Zimbabwe in 2005.
Today, he is recognized for his work carving animals including owls, elephants and baboons. Juja is married with five children and living in Tengenenge.

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