Bekezela Gonde

Bekezela Gonde

Wildlife Sculptor – Son Of Mopho Gonde

Bekezela Gonde was born on July 6, 1991 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. As an artist he started with drawing and sketching at a very young age while at school. Inspired by the great Zimbabwean sculptors, he then started watching and learning the fine art of carving. However, his greatest inspiration came from closely watching his father – Master Carver Mopho Gonde.

Bekezela starts the sculpting process using a chainsaw. He then works with a hammer and steel chisels. The fine detail is created using a dremmel tool. Like his father, Bekezela only chooses the wood of fallen leadwood trees that lay in the bushveld in a somewhat petrified state. This way the wood has taken a natural curing process which diminishes the chances of too much movement in the wood. Leadwood is called this because of its extreme density. The Africans even used leadwood as their cutting medium before metal was discovered.

Bekezela Gonde

Native Visions Gallery - Jupiter

104 Breakwater Court
Jupiter, FL, 33477
Map / Directions
(p) 561.741.1600    (f) 561.741.3311

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Gallery@NativeVisions.com

Native Visions Gallery - Naples

737 5th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Map / Directions
(p) 239.643.3785    (f) 239.643.5346

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
NaplesGallery@NativeVisions.com

  • On A Mission - 22560

    On A Mission

    Size: 27 x 30 x 21
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22560

  • All Rhinos Matter - 22559

    All Rhinos Matter

    Size: 15 x 21 x 19
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22559

  • On High Alert - 21004

    On High Alert

    Size: 27 x 20 x 17
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21004

  • Greater One - 18191

    Greater One

    Size: 26 x 25 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18191

  • Timid Approach - 18187

    Timid Approach

    Size: 24 x 24 x 7
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18187

  • SOLD – Old Relic - 22527

    SOLD – Old Relic

    Size: 9 x 14 x 9
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22527

  • SOLD – On Patrol - 21877

    SOLD – On Patrol

    Size: 10 x 19 x 9
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21877

  • SOLD – Rhino Rendezvous - 18929

    SOLD – Rhino Rendezvous

    Size: 10 x 9 x 17

    Product #: 18929