Artist: Tapfuma Gutsa

Born 1956 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


  • 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
1981Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
1985NEW HORIZONS – Royal Festival Hall, London
1987UTONGA – Sculptures and Drawings – Harare. Solo Exhibition
1988Drawings and Paintings by BERRY BICKLE & Sculptures by TAPFUMA GUTSA Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe
1989PACHIPAMWE INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS W/SHOP, Exhibition; National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1990CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART – Studio Museum; Harlem, New York. Group Exhibition
1991CONTEMPORARY 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.
1992SANDRO´S GALLERY, Harare. Tapfuma Gutsa – Sculptures & Nicole Gutsa Paintings
1993GALLERY KNUTH GROTHE, Finland.OPEN STUDIOS, Group Exhibition Delfina Studios, London.
1994STRONG WINDS, Stage Design, Arnolfini Theater, Bristol PALMENGARTEN, Frankfurt.ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Harare. GALLERY DELTA, Harare.
1995JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE.GENESIS – Gallery Münsterland, Emsdetten, Germany. 180 DEGREES- Group Exhibition, Los Angeles.
1997LANDMARK – 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.
1998ZIMBABWE HERITAGE – National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare
1999Artist’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.
2000SOUTH MEETS WEST – Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Group Exhibition.KUNST AUS ZIMBABWE – KUNST IN ZIMBABWE, Bayreuth Museum, Germany.
2001Art for the people – COMPLETION AND OPENING OF THE PROJECT SURPRISE ART CENTRE (plan and execution by Tapfuma Gutsa 1997 – 2001
2002KAKUYU KE MUNYAKA – Gallery Dieleman, Chateau de Petit Leez, Belgium Group show together with Berry Bickle
2003THE POWER, THE OBJECT – THE OBJECT, THE POWER – Alliance Francaise, Harare. Solo Exhibition.ARTISTS RESIDENCY together with Rashid Jogee at Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya.
2004DAK`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.
2005GASWORKS – 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.
2006RENJE SANDANGA – October Gallery, London. Solo Exhibition
2007UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS – Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Group Exhibition
2008JOHANNESBURG 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.
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