Eckel Nyamondoro

African Art Shona Sculpture - Eckel NyamondoroEckel Nyamhondoro was born in Guruve District on the 4th of August 1972. His totem is Soko Wafawanaka (Monkey) and he comes from the Korekore tribe.

Eckel attended primary and secondary school at Nyakapupu from 1982 to 1990.

Due to a lack of money he could not carry on with school. His parents could not afford to sustain the family of four wives, fifteen boys and fourteen girls.

In 1992 he went to live with his cousin Enos Chengo who inspired him to carve stone. Eckel worked with him for four years.

He struck out on his own in 1995 and joined the Tengenenge Art Community. He now has a permanent display at Tengenenge.

He has held many exhibitions including the Museum of Art Auditorium in 1997, San Diego Art Institute in 1998, Museum Pierce of Zurich and Sarasota Florida in 1999. He also attended an African-German sculpture event running a workshop in St Andreasberg Harz in July 2002 where he held a successful exhibition.

He loves to carve Springstone, Opal, Cobalt and Fruit Serpentine. Among other artists he like and admires the works of Nicholas Mukomberanwa, Henry Munyaradzi, Edronce Rukodzi, Enos Chengo and Bernard Matemera.