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Tawanda Makore

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Born in the Zimbabwean province of Midlands in the city of Kwekwe in 1979, Tawanda Makore was inspired from an early age by his uncle - the late Akence Makore - who was a renowned sculptor. He was further influenced by the cubic sculptures produced by Zotoh Sango. He soon developed his own technique and style, and eventually joined various artist groups. In 2006 he joined a group of artists based in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital. He is one of the new generation of young artists whose work has become distinctive. He is being recognized as one of the major talents to emerge from Zimbabwe today. His work has evolved to become a unique style of three dimensional sculptures which he calls Vision Sculptures with a a pure, experimental touch. Well-known art collectors in Europe and the USA have exhibited Tawanda's work. "In my sculptures the elements of essence and appearance are always inseparably linked. The essence being to depict and outward appearance of form. I sometimes abstract some details so as to draw the viewer to my purpose, thereby enabling the essence of my art to be easily absorbed. This is cognizant of taan abstract artist's way of thinking through the creation of an experimental approach to sculpture. I draw my inspiration from the every changing shape of my namesake, the clouds (Makore means cloud in Shona) whenever I look up into the sky."

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