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”. ...More...
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....Less...
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.Read more