“I was born in 1963 in Makoni district under Chief Chiduku. During my childhood I used to mould animals from clay and carve wood. When I was 12 years old, I was the best wood carver at school. My mother used to tell me that I was possessed by my forefathers’ spirits, who were at one time hunters and highly talented artists.”
In 1979 Richard started working at a clothing factory in Salisbury. While he was working at the clothing factory, he started stone carving as a hobby. In 1993 he worked as a taxi driver to save up money. When he had acquired enough capital, he started stone carving full time. Recent Awards include first prize for his piece ‘Flower Head’ in the Art for Charity competition; a joint Swiss and Zimbabwean Rotary Project (2016); finalist in the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) Mixed Media category (2013) for his piece ‘’Ecosystem’.
In 1996, he did a workshop and exhibition in Berlin, Germany which was very successful. In 1998, he ran another successful workshop in Germany. Back in Zimbabwe he did exhibitions at the National Gallery, the Springstone Gallery and he also participated in the C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) African Flora and Fauna exhibition held at the Harare Sheraton.
In 2002, Richard travelled to Germany and Netherlands for a series of workshops. Richard’s work has also been shown by numerous prestigious galleries including Gallerie Dielemann (Belgium), The Sembach Gallery (South Africa) and Galerie Zvakanaka (The Netherlands) plus many in the United States.
“With these sculptures I don’t work only for money but for the heritage of my country. I feel very proud developing and continuing with the art tradition my forefathers passed on to me.”