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TAURAI MAISIRI

(1959, Nyazura,Makoni District, Zimbabwe)

Taurai Maisiri has worked in sculpting stone for over four decades, and has established himself as one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent animal sculptors. He grew up in a rural community where he developed his love and respect of its local wildlife. Taurai’s work has been exhibited throughout Africa and Europe, and is found in prominent art collections of African political leaders. In the 1980s, he lived and worked as a resident artist at Chapungu Sculpture Park. By the late 1990s, he moved to Chitungwiza Arts Centre and he was one of the few selected artists asked to exhibit at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe for presentation to Queen Elizabeth II, during her state visit. To look at his artwork is to see his remarkable skill in rendering the detailed features of his animals.

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