The sculptor behind our collection of wooden effigies is Methuseli Tshuma. The name Tshuma [pronounced Chew-Mah] holds iconic status across the African art scene. Methuseli, is the nephew of the late Zephaniah Tshuma, a pioneering sculptor whose iconic work and tragic demise from HIV/AIDS were the subject of a short story by the British writer, Peter Hutton.
When Zephaniah passed away early in 2000, he had become widely revered as Zimbabwe’s greatest wood sculptor. He was especially noted for turning his avant-garde style into an all inclusive family enterprise. However his most dedicated apprentice was always his nephew, Methuseli.