James Tandi

James Tandi

Classical master sculptor

James continues to amaze collectors and critics alike with his masterful sculptures of Africa’s native people and wildlife. Under the tutelage of his older brother, renowned sculptor Nicholas Tandi, James quickly showed a natural talent for sculpting. James works in the classical method using hammer and chisel to beautifully capture the native African people and indigenous wildlife of southern Africa in verdite*.

Each sculpture begins with James visiting the verdite mine where he selects his own stone. Unlike marble, which can be cut to accommodate the subject of the sculpture, verdite comes from the mine in a variety of shapes which will invariably dictate what will be created. James refers to this process as “revealing the spirit which is within the stone”. After painstakingly removing layer upon layer of stone and carving each minute detail, the sculpture is wet-sanded and fired to a high temperature before applying stone wax. Each piece is then hand polished to a beautiful luster.

James has participated in international one-man and group exhibitions. His list of collectors has grown steadily over the years and his works can be found in both African and North American museums.

* Verdite, also known as the “green stone of Africa” is highly sought after by artists. Only the more experienced sculptor will dare to sculpt from this hard stone. Verdite rates between a 7.0 – 9.0 on the universally used Mohs hardness scale (hardness depends on the amount of Corrundum industrial ruby inclusions in the particular piece of stone). Verdite’s color is unique in that it boasts an emerald-looking quality with beautiful brown, blue and green striations. Verdite is fast becoming rare and is difficult to find.

James Tandi

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

  • Lessons In Life - 10732

    Lessons In Life

    Size: 22 x 27 x 9 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10732

  • Chief Simba - 20412

    Chief Simba

    Size: 20 x 12 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 20412

  • Lady Zella - 20410

    Lady Zella

    Size: 16 x 14 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 20410

  • SOLD – Shwana - 10610

    SOLD – Shwana

    Size: 24 x 8 x 11 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10610

  • Bushman Elder - 13204

    Bushman Elder

    Size: 17 x 9 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 13204

  • Tonga Chief - 22479

    Tonga Chief

    Size: 21 x 7 x 13
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 22479

  • Matabele Chief - 10718

    Matabele Chief

    Size: 26 x 9 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10718

  • Xhosa Finery - 13235

    Xhosa Finery

    Size: 13 x 11 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 13235

  • Dengaan - 18393

    Dengaan

    Size: 10 x 6 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 18393

  • Shona Queen - 11994

    Shona Queen

    Size: 11 x 19 x 31
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 11994

  • Spirit In The Stone - 15644

    Spirit In The Stone

    Size: 15 x 10 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 15644

  • Shangaan Princess - 22324

    Shangaan Princess

    Size: 16 x 16 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 22324

  • Hog Family - 19724a

    Hog Family

    Size: 8 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 12 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19724a

  • Zulu Girl - 21161

    Zulu Girl

    Size: 17 x 9 x 11
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 21161

  • Sekuru - 21162

    Sekuru

    Size: 12 x 10 x 11
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 21162

  • Playing With Mom - 19730

    Playing With Mom

    Size: 10 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 9 1/4
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19730

  • Ground Hog - 19729

    Ground Hog

    Size: 8 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 12 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19729

  • Together - 19346

    Together

    Size: 24 x 18 x 12
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19346

  • MacFlea - 19724

    MacFlea

    Size: 11 x 12 1/2 x 8 3/4
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19724

  • SOLD – Shangaan Chief - 10706

    SOLD – Shangaan Chief

    Size: 20 x 16 x 11
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10706

  • Xhosa Girl - 10701

    Xhosa Girl

    Size: 18 x 16 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10701

  • Lovers - 19723

    Lovers

    Size: 12 x 14 1/2 x 12 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19723

  • Chief Ngoma - 19335

    Chief Ngoma

    Size: 17 x 13 x 10
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19335

  • SOLD – Stouty - 19725

    SOLD – Stouty

    Size: 11 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 8 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19725

  • Short Shank - 19727

    Short Shank

    Size: 10 3/4 x 21 x 6 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19727

  • Hog Family - 19728

    Hog Family

    Size: 8 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 12 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19728

  • In Deep Thought - 19731

    In Deep Thought

    Size: 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 10 3/4
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 19731

  • Vinolia Ruzande - 13242

    Vinolia Ruzande

    Size: 22 x 13 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 13242

  • Shona Girl - 20701

    Shona Girl

    Size: 18 x 10 x 6
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 20701

  • Brenda - 17033

    Brenda

    Size: 12 x 7 x 6
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17033

  • Ndebele Man - 17032

    Ndebele Man

    Size: 14 x 10 x 5 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17032

  • Madalla - 17028

    Madalla

    Size: 16 x 8 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17028

  • Dreadlocked Elder - 17030

    Dreadlocked Elder

    Size: 14 x 10 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17030

  • Village Girl - 17031

    Village Girl

    Size: 15 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17031

  • Lady Zonde - 10618

    Lady Zonde

    Size: 27 x 12 x 6
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 10618

  • Woman With Scarf - 17014

    Woman With Scarf

    Size: 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17014

  • Grandmother - 17024

    Grandmother

    Size: 14 x 15 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17024

  • Ruth - 17026

    Ruth

    Size: 18 1/2 x 9 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17026

  • Zim Girl - 17027

    Zim Girl

    Size: 17 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 9
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17027

  • Sanman - 17025

    Sanman

    Size: 16 x 9 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17025

  • Zulus - 17021

    Zulus

    Size: 14 x 15 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17021

  • Shona Princess - 17021

    Shona Princess

    Size: 25 x 11 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17021

  • Zulu Woman - 17015

    Zulu Woman

    Size: 11 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17015

  • Jessica - 17019

    Jessica

    Size: 13 x 11 1/2 x 7
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17019

  • Lady Megan - 17020

    Lady Megan

    Size: 13 x 9 x 10
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17020

  • Headman - 17018

    Headman

    Size: 17 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17018

  • Shona Girl - 17017

    Shona Girl

    Size: 18 1/2 x 10 x 9 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17017

  • Xhosa Lady - 17013

    Xhosa Lady

    Size: 11 x 9 x 5 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17013

  • Shy Pose - 17012

    Shy Pose

    Size: 13 1/2 x 7 x 8
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17012

  • SOLD – Pigtails - 17016

    SOLD – Pigtails

    Size: 12 1/2 x 12 x 6 1/2
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 17016

  • SOLD – Zulu Traditional - 21160

    SOLD – Zulu Traditional

    Size: 19 x 17 x 10
    Medium: Verdite

    Product #: 21160