Fanizani Akuda, Baby Olifant
Dit is een typisch beeld van Fanizani, genoemd "Baby Olifant" (de standhouders van de Tefaf) geven hem een plaats naast Picasso en zijn tijdgenoten. Wij hebben een unieke collectie beelden van Fanizani in onze beeldentuin.
Fanizani Akuda (1932-2011)
Baby Elephant 2008
A collection of Fanizani’s work can never be complete without having an elephant. The flying elephant was a hit in his career and most collectors still boast of having both The flying elephant and the Charging elephant in their collection. He was well known for his love of elephants such that in 1994 he was invited to the CITES Conference where one of the subjects on discussion was the population of elephants vis-à-vis the environment. Zimbabwe was fighting to keep its elephants whereas the international community was urging Zimbabwe to cut down the elephant population. Zimbabwe won the right not to kill the elephants. During this conference Fanizani was awarded The CITIES Award of Merit.
This sculpture remains a strong reminder of history for both the artist and Zimbabwe. It is beautifully sculpted in the hard green opal stone and the stone has other parts which are very hard with quarts. The young elephant seem to be enjoying its self as evidenced by its tail that is facing upwards.
In the late 1970s, Fanizani decided to move to the city, to escape the disruption of the war of independence. He continued sculpting right up until his death when he was nearly eighty and was a much-loved character within the Harare art community. His work has been exhibited worldwide for decades and is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe as well as many private collections. Career highlights include:
- International Sculpture Symposium, Borkel en Schaft, Netherlands (1990s)
- Featured in book 'Sculptors from Zimbabwe: The First Generation' by Ben Joosten (1991)
- 'The Legend of Zimbabwe's Stone Sculpture: Fanizani Akuda', solo retrospective, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2005)
- 'Master Sculptors of Zimbabwe', Group exhibition, Netherlands (2005) and Italy (2006)
Fanizani passed away in 2011 and is much missed.