Veteran Zimbabwean visual artist, Tapfuma Gutsa has joined the rest of the world in developing contemporary art through mixed media forms.Veteran sculptor, Tapfuma Gutsa whose work has diverted from the traditional stone sculpture to mixed media installations said he is no longer limited to African issues, but is now casting his net wider in order to address global events.
The inaugural, historically momentous exhibition of Zimbabwean art going on at the Venice Bienanale has exposed Zimbabwean artists to various mixed media forms and allows further dialogue with the international art scene.
â€œWith my travels overseas, I have managed to engage with contemporary installation practice, gathering diffuse and surprising materials to speak of what it means to be Zimbabwean. I bring to the exhibition a very eclectic, world and penetrating maturity,â€ said Gutsa.
Mixed media art empowers sculptors to move away from the tradition of collective Shona stone carving and begin to formulate a new journey and to express their individual artistic talent in various ways.
Gutsaâ€™s mixed media installation exhibition where he is displaying pieces under the titles Theatre Absurd, Rough Justice or Kutanda Botso and Lightning has been made possible by the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture and the British Council.
Gutsa began his career as a sculptor at Drienfontein Mission and he is a former BAT art school student.
He was the first Zimbabwean to be awarded a British Council Scholarship to study at the London School of Arts from 1982 to 1985.
Gutsa has won several awards that include the Presidential Award of Honour in 1995.