We came to know Tafadzwa and the Tandi family through his cousin Max who is now living in Toronto. We heard about Max, the shona sculptor from Zimbabwe before we met him. When we met we became friends and one day sat down with a map. At that point we had not yet ventured to Harare.
With introductions available we made our way to the Chitungwiza Art Centre where we met many talented artists including Tafadzwa. His brother Gabriel Tigere Tandi would event later come to Canada to help promote the family business.
This sculpture is of a happy young lady and the stone is glowing green verdite. When at the mine you can ask for different shades and colours of verdite. This shade is referred to as perfect. Not because it is perfect, although you could say it is, but because a brand of green soap in Zimbabwe, called Perfect, is similar in colour.
The bust is signed by the artist on the back.
Height: 20 cm (8 inches)
Width: 16 cm (6.4 inches)
Depth: 14.5 cm (5.8 inches)
Weight: 3.7 kg (8.1 lbs)
Nharo works directly with artisans and co-operatives in Zimbabwe. Our first trip to Zimbabwe was in 2002 and we have been going back often, once or twice a year since then.