<vote /> Following serious social media criticism over President Robert Mugabe’s statue that he presented at State House last week, renowned sculptor Dominic Benhura has said the piece represents his signature style that does not reproduce his subjects in exact images. Benhura has pursued creative imagination art for many decades and, when he does pieces of people and wildlife, he creates identifiable forms, but does not refine them like other artists.
In an interview yesterday, Benhura said,
I think most people do not understand my art and they do not understand the difference in art styles. That sculpture was never meant to look exactly as the President’s image. I do not do exact figures. Some artists do exact figures, but I do something that makes my work different. If a number of artistes are commissioned to do a piece on a certain subject, there is need for a difference. If all the pieces have striking resemblance of the subject, they will look the same and nothing will differentiate the artists. This is the style I have mastered. My collectors can identify my pieces when they see them anywhere in the world because I chose to be different and that is my signature.
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