Stone sculptor Gedion Nyanhongo was born into an artistic family on December 22, 1967 in Nyanga, Zimbabwe, Africa. He was influenced from a young age by his father, Claud Nyanhongo, a prominent artist among the “first generation” sculptors, the pioneers of the Shona Sculpture (sculpture unique to Zimbabwe) movement that began in the late 1950s.
“I used to watch my father sculpt when I grew up, and although I was young, I remember loving it and knowing that it was what I wanted to do.”
After an apprenticeship with the internationally acclaimed sculptor Joseph Ndandarika (a friend of his father), Gedion embarked on a solo career in 1988, where his vision and technical skills have earned him international recognition as a sculptor of excellence.
Gedion’s debut exhibition was in 1989 at the Mabwe Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has since exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions at numerous venues around the world, including: England, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, South Africa, U.S.A, and Zimbabwe. Two of his works are featured in a collection on permanent display at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and a life size Zebra sculpture at the Phoenix Zoo.
Gedion currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
My sculptures focus on the things that collectively make up the bigger picture – life, love and the sensations that define us all.
My sculptures celebrate love, especially family love and the spiritual power it provides to promote peace in my art. My sculptures in hard and enduring Opal Stone, Springstone and Zimbabwe (Nyanga) Stone will outlive the political regimes that threaten community, family and individual rights and values.