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Nyakauru to hold solo exhibition

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Award-winning sculptor Victor Nyakauru will hold a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday under the theme Creatures/Tuzvipuka.

The exhibition on insects and animals created from stone, metal and bones, is a follow-up to Nyakauru’s first solo exhibition Insects/Tumbuyu which was held at Mutare Gallery in 2008.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe information officer Rutendo Mutadzapasi said: “Tuzvipuka is an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, which explores sculptures that make a chill run through your body and at the same time makes your heart beat faster with fascination.”

She added that the exhibition was different from Nyakauru’s first project because the first was an insects’ exhibition which was a mixture of animals, insects, fish and birds.

Friday’s show would, however, mark the end to Nyakauru’s depiction of the world of insects as he will explore wild animals in his next project.

Nyakauru’s themes are rooted in the world of great and small animals.

The creation of creatures has inspired Nyakauru.

Nyakauru’s style of work is distinctive, allowing him to juxtapose unexpected and unrelated materials to create something new.

His creatures are always in motion.

Nyakauru’s works are a clever use of mixed media, original in conception and epitomises the diverse manifestations that have flowed out of the stone-carving tradition.

The sculptor studied at the National Gallery Visual Arts Studios from 2005 to 2007.

He won several awards at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and is also the 2008 Nama Outstanding Mixed Media winner and the Nama People’s Choice in the Visual category.

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