Victor Nyakauru Zimbabwe
Victor Nyakauru is a mixed media artist majoring in found object art – the upcycling and repurposing of unwanted, discarded and unused materials in a process that contributes to the reduction of pollution and environmental consciousness as much as it stimulates the creative consciousness.
“My style has a limitless range and evocative use of materials that transform seemingly unrelated materials into a work of art. This allows me to juxtapose materials such as stone, metal, wood, bone, plastic, leather and any other found objects to form part of a body of art,” explains Nyakuru.
His sculptures reflect the traditional Shona culture and folklore of his homeland, Zimbabwe, drawing on the function of traditional folk tales to teach life lessons and to entertain. Just as the construction and content of folk tales reveal much about the essential value of the Shona culture and way of living, so too does Nyakuru’s art embody Shona tradition and contemporary culture.
The themes present in his sculptures are rooted in the animal kingdom. His sculptures may appear silent and frozen in midair, but there is a movement and sound evoked in their body language and expressions.
Nyakuru has exhibited in numerous shows in Zimbabwe, South Korea and China, both as a solo artist and in group shows. He now teaches at the School for Visual Art and Design in Harare, working with upcoming artists carefully selected by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
He will be exhibiting as a member of the ZImbabwe Assemblage Collective (ZAC) alongside fellow ZImbabwean artists at the Full Circle Art Africa programme in Hong Kong.