Michael Nyakasvoroa

African Art Shona Sculpture - Michael NyakasvoroaMichael was born in the Rusape district in 1975.

He identified his talent at grass roots level while helping his grandfather who was a renowned wood carver.

After completing secondary school, he arrived in Harare seeking employment but fell in with a number of  full-time artists who encouraged him to develop the untrained skill he possessed.

One of his new friends, Shepard Madzikatire, was being tutored by the now late Moses Masaya (1947-1996).

Shepard introduced Michael to Moses and together they learnt the finer points of Shona Sculpture until Mosesís death, when they started out on their own.

In recent years, Michael has shown increasing evidence that he has the creative vision of a truly gifted artist.

His sculptures reflect the confidence of an artist that knows his works touch most of those who come in contact with it.

His subject matter to date remain within the main stream of Shona sculptures as human and animal forms are in frequent reference in Shona society but Michael sculpts these forms in the stylised or abstract style.

A likable young man with a promising future, his works have been exhibited in the Chapungu Sculpture gardens of Harare and have found their way to many countries.

Michael married Licodia in 1995 and they have one girl and one boy.

In his spare time, he will follow his favourite sport, Football.