Dominic Benhura is an acclaimed Zimbabwean artist credited for his contributions in transforming Shona stone sculpture into a world-class modern art. The sculptures shown here attest to his ability to portray human feeling through form and movement rather than facial expression.
Born in 1968 in the small town of Murewa, Zimbabwe, Dominic Benhura began sculpting as a young boy under the instruction of his cousin, internationally acclaimed sculptor Tapfuma Gutsa. He proved to be an excellent student, selling his first sculpture at the age of twelve.
His subject matter is diverse and includes plants, animals and a wide range of human experience. His prime motivation is to explore new ideas, concepts, techniques and methods and to express and communicate powerfully simple ideas.
Although Dominic now enjoys an international reputation he retains his commitment to charitable works and continues to give back to his community.
Dominic is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the UBC Faculty of Education. His works will be displayed here at the Museum until February 11, 2007.