Project Description

Born 1956 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Education:

1970-73 St. Ignatius College in Chishawasha, Zimbabwe.
1978-79 Driefontein Mission School, Zimbabwe.
Mission: Woodcarving workshop under Cornelius Manguma.

1982 1st recipient of the British Council Arts Award in Zimbabwe.

1982-85 City and Guilds London School of Art, London, U.K. British Council Scholarship; Diploma in Sculpture 1st class honours Lectures: Alan Sly und Kim Amis.

The artist has encouraged young and upcoming artists throughout his career. In the early 1980s Founder and Organizer of the UTONGA ART GROUP, Tafara, Harare, Zimbabwe. Since 1997 building and establishment of SURPRISE ART CENTRE, Shurugwi, Zimbabwe – a project designed to bring art to the people. Since 2005 member of the Offene Keramikwerstatt in WUK, Vienna, Austria. Tapfuma Gutsa lives and works at present in Vienna, Austria.

Other activities:

1988-1990 Co-organiser of the 1st PACHIPAMWE International Art Workshops in Zimbabwe in conjunction with TRIANGLE ART TRUST

1994 PACHIPAMWE Zim-Sculpture Workshop in Shurugwi

Participant in Triangle Art Trust Workshops:

THAPONG Art Workshop, Botswana, 1990

UJAMAA Art Workshop, Pemba, Mozambique, 1991

XAYAMACA Workshop, Crystall Springs, Jamaica, 1993

CYFUNIAD, Intern. Art W/Shop, Wales, U.K., 1999

KHOJ, Intern. Art W/Shop, Modinagar, India, 2001

1981

Oxyco Weldart, National Gallery, Harare

1986
Nedlaw Sculpture Award, National Gallery, Harare

1992
Johnson & Fletcher Award, Ability in Wood, Harare

1993
Artist’s Residency Programme, Delfina Studios, London

1995
President’s Award of Honour, Zimbabwe Heritage, Harare

2003
NAMA AWARD (National Award for the Arts) Best achievement Zimbabwean sculpture

Year Exhibition
1981 Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
1985 NEW HORIZONS – Royal Festival Hall, London
1987 UTONGA – Sculptures and Drawings – Harare. Solo Exhibition
1988 Drawings and Paintings by BERRY BICKLE & Sculptures by TAPFUMA GUTSA Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
1989 PACHIPAMWE INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS W/SHOP, Exhibition; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1990 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART – Studio Museum; Harlem, New York. Group Exhibition
1991 CONTEMPORARY STONE SCULPTURE FROM ZIMBABWE – Yorkshire Sculpture Park.VENICE BIENNALE – African Pavillon.

NEW GENERATION – Tapfuma Gutsa, Eddie Masaya, Richard Jack, Brighton Sango, Norbert Shamuyarira – Le Forum, Harare.

HAVANNA BIENNALE – Cuba.

1992 SANDRO´S GALLERY, Harare. Tapfuma Gutsa – Sculptures & Nicole Gutsa Paintings
1993 GALLERY KNUTH GROTHE, Finland.OPEN STUDIOS, Group Exhibition Delfina Studios, London.
1994 STRONG WINDS, Stage Design, Arnolfini Theater, Bristol PALMENGARTEN, Frankfurt.ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Harare.

GALLERY DELTA, Harare.

1995 JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE.GENESIS – Gallery Münsterland, Emsdetten, Germany.

180 DEGREES- Group Exhibition, Los Angeles.

1996 SEEKING PERMISSION – Solo Show at REECE GALLERY, New York
1997 LANDMARK – The Midlands Artists, NG Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.THE PAST – Pierre Gallery, Harare. Solo Exhibition.

THE FUTURE – National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. Solo Exhibition.

ONDAMBO – International Art Workshop Arandis, Namibia.

SCULPTURE FROM ZIMBABWE, Melbourne, Australia.

1998 ZIMBABWE HERITAGE – National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1999 Artist’s Residency at Künstlerhaus Cuxhaven: Eddie Masaya, Richard Jack and Tapfuma Gutsa.VISITING LECTURER at the University of Georgia, Athens, U.S.A.

SOUTH MEETS WEST – National Gallery, Accra, Ghana.

2000 SOUTH MEETS WEST – Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Group Exhibition.KUNST AUS ZIMBABWE – KUNST IN ZIMBABWE, Bayreuth Museum, Germany.
2001 Art for the people – COMPLETION AND OPENING OF THE PROJECT SURPRISE ART CENTRE (plan and execution by Tapfuma Gutsa 1997 – 2001
2002 KAKUYU KE MUNYAKA – Gallery Dieleman, Chateau de Petit Leez, Belgium Group show together with Berry Bickle
2003 THE POWER, THE OBJECT – THE OBJECT, THE POWER – Alliance Francaise, Harare. Solo Exhibition.ARTISTS RESIDENCY together with Rashid Jogee at Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya.
2004 DAK`ART – Dakar Biennale, Senegal.HOPE – Botanical Gardens, Berlin.

STEP INSIDE – Group Exhibition, Gallery Dieleman, Chateau de Petit Leez, Belgium.

VISIONS OF ZIMBABWE – Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester. Group Exhibition.

MATOMBO GALERIE – facilitator of the 1st stone sculpture workshop, Mirabellgarten, Salzburg, Austria.

2005 GASWORKS – Six week residency, London.TRANSITIONS – Brunei Gallery, School of Afro-Asiatic Studies, University of London. Group Exhibition.

LITTLE ZIMBABWE – residency, Birkenreid, Germany.

WASSER BRENT – Gallery Habari, Vienna. Group Exhibition.

MATOMBO GALERIE – facilitator of the 2nd stone sculpture workshop, Mirabellgarten, Salzburg, Austria.

2006 RENJE SANDANGA – October Gallery, London. Solo Exhibition
2007 UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS – Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Group Exhibition
2008 JOHANNESBURG ART FAIR – South Africa.ANGAZA AFRIKA – October Gallery, London. Group Exhibition.

BY GINDE: OF ZEN, A FEW POTS AND OTHER THINGS – Galerie der Freischaffenden, Vienna, Austria. Solo Exhibition.

HIDDEN STORIES – de Grote of St. Bavokerk, Haarlem, Holland. Group Exhibition.