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Prominent Zimbabwean Sculptor Lazarus Takawira Succumbs To COVID-19

3 years agoThu, 14 Jan 2021 07:36:22 GMT
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Prominent Zimbabwean Sculptor Lazarus Takawira Succumbs To COVID-19

Prominent Zimbabwean sculptor Lazarus Takawira succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday and will be buried this Thursday.

He was 69.

Takawira’s friend Olivier Sultan confirmed the news on social media. He wrote:

I am terribly sad to announce the death of my dear friend, sculptor Lazarus Takawira from COVID-19.

Takawira was born in Nyanga in 1952 and he celebrated women through his sculptures.

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His mother was a traditional pottery maker and he held her in great esteem.

Much of his career was themed on the woman figure and he openly voiced his love for the women in his life.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) director Nicholas Moyo had this to say:

Our hearts were immediately filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of Lazarus’ passing. Our most sincere condolences go out to the Takawira family which has lost a father, grandfather and icon of Zimbabwean stone Sculpture.

… The death of Lazarus is a big blow to the local arts industry. While he began working in sculpture under his brother John’s guidance in the early 1970s over time his style, subject matter and approach changed considerably as he worked almost exclusively in Springstone, an exceptionally hard and heavy local stone that gave his work a beautiful finish.

Takawira was a recipient of many local and international awards including the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) (2008), Award of Merit, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1993), Award of Distinction, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe(1991).

He also received a Certificate of Excellence, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1990), Award of Merit, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1989), Certificate of Excellence, Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe (1988) and the Commission for Old Mutual, (1987).

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