Wellington Karuru

African Art Shona Sculpture - Wellington KaruruThe soft spoken Wellington Karuru was born on August 17, 1976. He is the first born in a family of 5 children and has two brothers and two sisters. Both his brothers, Gilbert and Esau, are also sculptors.

As the first born, many of the family responsibilities had to be shouldered by him.

He did his primary and secondary education in the Mashonaland West Province and was involved in almost every sporting activity at the school.

After school he was employed by a local food company where he worked as a machine operator for four years and was later promoted to sales clerk.

In his free time he assisted some well known sculptors. He learnt a lot from them and soon develop his own style.

Inspired by such big names as Gardener Sango and Garison Muchinjili, he started to sculpt some small pieces for himself and soon found a buyer for his favourite piece titled A Cry For Help. He went to work with Garison Machinjili whose influence is clearly shown in his work.

Many of his pieces have been chosen for international exhibitions and galleries. His reputation as a serious, gifted and hardworking artist is growing and even some of the established artists like Joe Mutasa are actively promoting him.