Mopho Gonde

Mopho Gonde

Masterful hand carved creations

A primarily self-taught artist, Mopho creates carvings of Africa’s wild animals in the unique medium of leadwood. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Mopho Gonde is now hailed as the finest wildlife sculptor in southern Africa utilizing leadwood. “The greatest thing about leadwood is that the hardwood trees need not be destroyed. This medium comes from dead trees, once pushed over by great elephants, which have laid in the African sun and rain for years and have almost become petrified”.

Like teak, leadwood is extremely hard and when polished turns a rich reddish color, giving it a wonderful earthy look. Mopho’s animal sculptures are painstakingly created by hand and capture the very essence of each animal in exacting detail. Because of the degree of workmanship that goes into creating each piece, we only receive between 17 and 20 pieces a year. This puts Mopho’s work in demand as serious wildlife art collectors recognize his great talent.

Mopho Gonde

Native Visions Gallery – Palm Beach Gardens

PGA Commons, 4600 PGA Blvd., Suite 105
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Map / Directions
(p) 561.741.1600    (f) 561.566.6694

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
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 12:00am - 7:00pm
NaplesGallery@NativeVisions.com

  • Brothers In Arms - 25886

    Brothers In Arms

    Size: 17 x 43 x 14
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25886

  • Tembo - 25890

    Tembo

    Size: 17 x 26 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25890

  • Danger Up Wind - 25898

    Danger Up Wind

    Size: 20 x 27 x 12
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25898

  • Shade Of Grey - 25905

    Shade Of Grey

    Size: 29 x 26 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25905

  • Easily Provoked - 25910

    Easily Provoked

    Size: 18 x 25 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25910

  • Time To Rumble - 25913

    Time To Rumble

    Size: 17 x 30 x 12
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25913

  • On A Dime - 25918

    On A Dime

    Size: 16 x 30 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25918

  • Lords Of Wyoming - 25921

    Lords Of Wyoming

    Size: 18 x 38 x 19
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25921

  • The Height Of Terror - 25922

    The Height Of Terror

    Size: 33 x 37 x 28
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25922

  • Flat Dog Sunning - 25925

    Flat Dog Sunning

    Size: 14 x 48 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25925

  • Yukon Crusador - 25931

    Yukon Crusador

    Size: 17 x 25 x 12
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25931

  • Not Too Close - 25932

    Not Too Close

    Size: 17 x 24 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25932

  • Quiet Strength - 25933

    Quiet Strength

    Size: 17 x 31 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25933

  • Hippo Hegemony - 25939

    Hippo Hegemony

    Size: 17 x 49 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25939

  • Into The Wind - 25934

    Into The Wind

    Size: 17 x 28 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25934

  • Zambezi Bad Boys - 25935

    Zambezi Bad Boys

    Size: 19 x 48 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25935

  • On The Trot - 25937

    On The Trot

    Size: 17 x 26 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25937

  • Startled Encounter - 24733

    Startled Encounter

    Size: 24 x 21 x 11
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24733

  • Big Swirl - 24734

    Big Swirl

    Size: 22 x 32 x 29
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24734

  • Nimble Escape - 24752

    Nimble Escape

    Size: 28 x 23 x 12
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24752

  • Hog Life - 24754

    Hog Life

    Size: 16 x 24 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24754

  • Scent-a-tive - 24732

    Scent-a-tive

    Size: 17 x 26 x 7 1/2
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24732

  • Leftovers - 24747

    Leftovers

    Size: 34 x 42 x 27
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24747

  • Black Anger - 24750

    Black Anger

    Size: 18 x 25 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24750

  • Training Days - 24762

    Training Days

    Size: 19 x 23 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24762

  • Out From The Jesse - 24760

    Out From The Jesse

    Size: 15 x 23 x 10
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24760

  • Majestic Trophy - 21858

    Majestic Trophy

    Size: 32 x 32 x 14
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21858

  • Pork Belly - 23583

    Pork Belly

    Size: 20 x 28 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23583

  • Knight Of The Wild - 23582

    Knight Of The Wild

    Size: 22 x 31 x 22
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23582

  • The Drifters - 23581

    The Drifters

    Size: 23 x 45 x 23
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23581

  • The Rack - 23580

    The Rack

    Size: 24 x 22 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23580

  • SOLD – Mana Man - 23572

    SOLD – Mana Man

    Size: 24 x 31 x 20
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23572

  • The Feud - 23571

    The Feud

    Size: 32 x 40 x 23
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23571

  • My Turn - 23567

    My Turn

    Size: 19 x 23 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23567

  • Double Trouble - 23562

    Double Trouble

    Size: 17 x 31 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23562

  • Invader - 23560

    Invader

    Size: 18 x 28 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23560

  • Final Charge II - 23558

    Final Charge II

    Size: 29 x 41 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23558

  • Intimidator - 23551

    Intimidator

    Size: 26 x 26 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23551

  • Approach With Care - 22512

    Approach With Care

    Size: 18 x 21 x 12
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22512

  • SOLD – Listen Up - 22548

    SOLD – Listen Up

    Size: 26 x 18 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22548

  • Sable Intrigue - 22541

    Sable Intrigue

    Size: 16 x 16 x 9
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22541

  • Into The Brush - 22557

    Into The Brush

    Size: 19 x 30 x 10
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22557

  • Making Headway - 22558

    Making Headway

    Size: 16 x 24 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22558

  • Loud And Proud - 22539

    Loud And Proud

    Size: 15 x 24 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22539

  • United We Stand - 22516

    United We Stand

    Size: 21 x 45 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22516

  • Rutting Season - 22517

    Rutting Season

    Size: 28 x 27 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22517

  • Out Of Step - 22513

    Out Of Step

    Size: 18 x 16 x 8
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22513

  • Go On, Make My Day - 22526

    Go On, Make My Day

    Size: 27 x 27 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22526

  • Sable Sentry - 22553

    Sable Sentry

    Size: 17 x 20 x 11
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22553

  • Heading Your Way - 22546

    Heading Your Way

    Size: 14 x 24 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22546

  • Proud And Powerful - 21847

    Proud And Powerful

    Size: 17 x 28 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21847

  • Herd Guard - 21863

    Herd Guard

    Size: 28 x 37 x 26
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21863

  • Hunter’s Dream - 21864

    Hunter’s Dream

    Size: 30 x 33 x 19
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21864

  • Kariba’s Pride - 21865

    Kariba’s Pride

    Size: 27 x 37 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21865

  • A Father’s Pride - 21015

    A Father’s Pride

    Size: 30 x 50 x 28
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21015

  • Hightailing - 21027

    Hightailing

    Size: 30 x 28 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 21027

  • Poser - 20023

    Poser

    Size: 33 x 42 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 20023

  • Old Snaggle Tooth - 20012

    Old Snaggle Tooth

    Size: 18 x 13 x 14
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 20012

  • Great White - 20018

    Great White

    Size: 21 x 22 x 10
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 20018

  • Close-up detail of animal hide

    Close-up detail of animal hide

    Medium: Leadwood

  • Bachelor Boys - 18957

    Bachelor Boys

    Size: 30 x 38 x 83
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18957

  • Regal Stallion - 18948

    Regal Stallion

    Size: 13 x 17 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18948

  • Ndilamithi - 18953

    Ndilamithi

    Size: 40 x 21 x25
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18953

  • Heading Off - 18940

    Heading Off

    Size: 15 x 12 x 29
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18940

  • SOLD – Zambezi Titan - 25897

    SOLD – Zambezi Titan

    Size: 19 x 31 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25897

  • SOLD – Cornered Kudu - 25904

    SOLD – Cornered Kudu

    Size: 25 x 26 x 13
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25904

  • SOLD – The Three Tenors - 25887

    SOLD – The Three Tenors

    Size: 23 x 44 x 46
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25887

  • SOLD – Gotcha - 24748

    SOLD – Gotcha

    Size: 29 x 31 x 24
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24748

  • SOLD – Line In The Sand - 25929

    SOLD – Line In The Sand

    Size: 20 x 28 x 16
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25929

  • SOLD – Shy One - 25928

    SOLD – Shy One

    Size: 14 x 22 x 11
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25928

  • SOLD – Divided We Fall - 25923

    SOLD – Divided We Fall

    Size: 22 x 40 x 21
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25923

  • SOLD – Botswanna Bullies - 25940

    SOLD – Botswanna Bullies

    Size: 21 x 50 x 26
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 25940

  • SOLD – Testy - 22524

    SOLD – Testy

    Size: 19 x 30 x 18
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 22524

  • SOLD – Saltwater Showdown - 24761

    SOLD – Saltwater Showdown

    Size: 33 x 40 x 33
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24761

  • SOLD – Black Beard - 23554

    SOLD – Black Beard

    Size: 17 x 28 x 15
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 23554

  • SOLD – Call Of The Matriarch - 18956

    SOLD – Call Of The Matriarch

    Size: 59 x 52 x 93
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 18956

  • SOLD – The Blink Of An Eye - 24746

    SOLD – The Blink Of An Eye

    Size: 32 x 32 x 27
    Medium: Leadwood

    Product #: 24746

Ross Parker Discusses The Brilliance of Mopho Gonde

Mopho Gonde

2017

Hunter’s Horn

Mopho Gonde - Houston Safari Club's Artist Of The Year. Mopho Gonde elevates wildlife carving to a level worthy of European Masters. By Todd Wilkinson

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2015

Safari Magazine

The Art Of The Hunt - Solid As A Rock By Todd Wilkinson

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Sporting Classics

A Call For Africa - Three talented artists are creating a spectacular tribute to a legendary African river and its wildlife. By Todd Wilkinson

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2008

Sporting Classics

An African original - Zimbabwean master woodcarver Mopho Gonde let's the world know that despite political turmoil, hope endures for Africa's majestic wildlife By Todd Wilkinson

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2007

Wildlife Art

p>Zimbabwean Wood-Carver Mopho Gonde Bushveld Dreaming
by Todd Wilkinson

Mopho Gonde has been dreaming. In the mystical Matopos Hills of southern Zimbabwe, the quiet, bearded sculptor awakens from a six-hour slumber on the precipice of a steep ravine. According to his traditional beliefs, drams are the mediums where artists receive visions passed along from the spirits of departed ancestors. Last night, the offerings were prodigious indeed.

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