Each piece tells a story and speaks of its purpose.
Stones of purple, green, black, gray and little nuisances of brown and
gold that appear at different angles tell of what the artist was thinking
and feeling. Soon textures and intricate details come into focus giving
greater depth to the story of each sculpture.
The story unfolds within Gwindingwi Gallery, which displays a
world-class collection of original Shona Stone sculptures.
“I got introduced to the art when I was living in Portugal and buying
in Europe.” said co-owner Scott Crosby.
Crosby explained that he was hooked since the beginning and worked
diligently to build his collection.
His world travels in his pursuit to find the pieces that best spoke to
him brought him to Africa years ago where he started collecting
“I did an extensive search for the best work of the top artists and in
the process got to know these artists on a personal level,” Crosby said.
“The stone used in Gwindingwi Gallery’s sculpture collection is called
Serpentine and is found exclusively in Zimbabwe,” said Donnie Wise
The stories by the artists and the motivation behind each piece are an
incredible journey that is written in each stone.
Joseph Matasa’s princess is an amazing blend of artistry created with
a unique lavender stone. Mothers pride demonstrates a more contemporary
look but still remains soulful.
"[Dominic] Benhura’s ‘Kids at Play’ is a real delight with six
children striking familiar poses, while balancing on a surfboard shaped
surface. Amazingly the seven-foot long sculpture is carved from one piece
of stone,” the owners explained.
Crosby explained that in recent years Benhura’s work has tended to
lean toward family themes since the death of his mother to whom he was
very close. Benhura over the years has also established the ability to
give textures to his work.
In “Ambuya,” which means grandmother the piece shows an elderly woman
bent over with the burden of carrying the effects of HIV.
The name of Gwindingwi came as a result of Crosby meeting and becoming
friends with Nicholas Mukomberanwa, the preeminent sculptor of the Shona
stone sculpture movement. Gwindingwi is a workshop that Mukomberanwa
established for promising artists. The word gwindingwi is a Shona word
for thick forest.
“The workshop is on a knoll atop an ancient burial ground in the
middle of the bush about 40 miles outside Harare on his ranch where the
artist immerse themselves in their work. It has no running water or
electricity. Everything is completely done by hand,” explained Crosby.
Gwindingwi’s new works adds to its reputation of being one of the top
collectors of original Shona sculptures in the west.
The gallery is at 1495 Glenneyre Street and can be reached by phone at