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Rugare about
I’ve been surrounded by art my entire life. My father was an acclaimed sculptor who specialised in wildlife and also painted in oils in Zimbabwe . I first started at the age of five doing rhinos, finishing my fathers’ pieces. I honed my skills and sold my own first collection of birds and turtles at the tender age of ten.  Since then, I have been completely absorbed by animals, the human figure and sculpture, the movement and anatomy of animals and human form.  

I try to capture the essence of my subject i.e. an animal, immortalise a certain moment, a look and feel of  what is happening. My work is about the soul of my subject, not just the outer form worked to perfection. I have made my way from understanding my material and the possibilities it gives me to  shaping the intangible of an idea, an image, a concept. 

There are different ways for me to get inspired. The sculpture might develop from an idea that forms in my mind. Textures create an image. Or I might travel thousands of miles to find an unexplored quarry where I wander around and listen to the stone calling out to me to be worked. Quite often I see in the freshness of nature the complete sculpture in a rock formation.

Working in the silence of the desert is like a retreat, where often sculptures start taking shape, getting their first  overall expression. Moving stones that weigh several tonnes is a refreshing exercise to me. The tension between raw material and finished piece keeps me exited all along the process of creation.  

I consider it a challenge to catch the movement of the human form in its endless variations. Studying the masters like Donatello, Bernini and Rodin taught me a lot about the different forms the human body can be presented in. To choose the right expression and media for an idea is the task that sets apart my work.

I use many types of media; Alabaster  and zebra stone from America,  Wonderstone from South Africa, Semiprecious stone from Zimbabwe, Wood, Wax, and even ice sculptures, granite, marble, picture stone, sand stone, jasper from South Africa,  Italy, Namibia, Madagascar, metal and cement.  

My favourite stones are; granite, for its multiple texture finishing qualities, marble for its classic association with sculptures, Bowenite, Potoro Leonardo, Jasper, Sodalite , picture stone for its dazzling colours, spring stone and wonder stone for the contrasting texture between polished and unpolished.  

I have private regular collectors in USA, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and a small but growing number in South Africa, one of the highlights being two life size tigers commissioned by the Mother of an international sports figure.  And a collection to the National Zoo & Aquarium RMB 999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek, ACT 2611 Australia. I’ve held personal exhibitions at the Safari Club International in Reno, Afridesia Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey and an art promotional exhibition held by the Spanish ambassador at his Cape Town residence.
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