Brighton Layson was born 1981 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was born in a family of seven, four boys and three girls. Soon after completing his education at Ordinary level, Brighton joined his brother Aaron Layson in stone carving. His brother was working at Gwindingwi sculptures. He worked with his brother for two years and left for engineering. He trained as a machinist at Wildrew engineering. During that time, he stated making sculpting tools and became the major supplier in the art industry. In 2008 Brighton left engineering due to economic hardships.
In 2009 after the death of his brother Aaron, he decided to come back in the field of art. He joined Tamaa art centre and later on moved to Dominic Studio where he is currently working. He is working with Dominic Benhura and other well-known artists, Edie Masaya, Fabien Madamombe, Stanford Derere and many more. At Dominic studio he is get more inspiration with new ideas and technics.
Nature is his inspiration.
Passmore was born in 1975 in Marondero, Guruve. They are five in his family and he is the first- born. His totem is the monkey.
Passmore did his primary education at Horse shoe, that time he was living with both parents. During the last month for his exams, his father passed away and he had to leave school and provide for his family. Passmore had to think big, as he knew his life would be an uphill struggle and in 1992 he started carving wood.
He sold his carvings in different places in Harare and farms, making things like salad bowls, spoons, forks, trays, bread and steak boards under the influence of Sadman Nyamhondoro, by doing so he improved his life.
In 1998 he visited Tengenenge Arts Community, to see if Mr Tom Blomfield would buy his work. Tom suggested to Passmore that he can try and change his art to work in stone instead. He then started living within the Community with his brother-in-law Alexander Makaki. During that time he became a full-time artist living and working at Tengenenge Art Community.
Passmore’s main subjects in stone are leaf-bowls(for attracting birds),slender Guinneafowl, shells and leaf-heads. His works has been exhibited in several countries including France,Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark.
During his spare time he likes to fish and listen to songs, which teach people how to live in harmony.
Cyril was born on August 19, 1982. He went to Kagore primary school in Nyanga and Kambudzi Secondary for his secondary education. He started sculpting in 2002 after being inspired by his brother Moses Mangenda, whereby Cyril started as an assistant and then after few months he was able to create small pieces. Cyril was very excited by what he had achieved through his brother, so he began to make animals. His first sculpture to make was a rhino. After selling his first sculptures Cyril decides to make more different types of animals, lions, leopards, elephants and abstracts.
Now he is a full time sculptor and that is his only source of income, he loves working with hardest stones, especially semi-precious stones e.g. verdite, leopard rock, dolomite lapidolite,
“In the future, I wish to go abroad to exhibit my works”
Cyril is married and has four kids, three daughters and a son.
Emmanuel was born on the 28th of November 1987 in Seke District, Zimbabwe. He did his primary education at Seke 13 primary school. At the age of 18 after completing his ordinary school level he then moved to Chitungwiza where he then joined Tamuka Munjunja (late) who was sculpting at Chikwanha Shopping Centre. Emmanuel was assisting him by doing the finishing, during this time he also taught him how to create a sculpture. After the death of Tamuka, he then decided became a member of Chitungwiza Art Centre where he is currently working. Emmanuel’s favourite stones to sculpt are mostlt semi-precious stones ( lapidolite, verdite, dolomite, leopard rock).
“ I mostl? love to sculpt animals and human figures”
Stabben is born in Mazoe Chiweshe on the 14th of April 1966, having the Soko Wafawanaka(monkey) totem of the Korekore tribe. His first years he spent on the farm where his father worked before being sent to work with his grandfather. In 1971, after his father suffered from an accident, his parents joined him at their parents place in Chimufombo village, Guruve where he progressed his primary education at Chimufombo school.
In 1984 he finished his ordinary levels at Nyakapupu secondary and became a medical assistant under the Red Cross Society. They were taught nursing for a period of two weeks, later to be employed at Chitsungo rural clinic in Dande. A year later he became a teacher at Risitu secondary school in Chimanimani. Later in 1986 he went to Ponesaivanhu technical college in Madziva where he was doing basic engineering, followed by a course in building at Trojan mine in Bindura. After six weeks he achieved a certificate and went on to be employed at St Phillips School for reparation works. At the school one of the teachers was active in trading with stone sculptures. He suggested to create some sculptures fir his colleague for him to sell.
He quickly realized that stones were paying much better than building and went to Chapungu art gallery to work with Ephraim Chaurika. At Chapungu he met Tom Blomefield who informed him about Tengenenge Art Community, where he moved to in 1987. Initially, Stabben created shooting flowers followed by elephants, chameleons and smiling hipppos. In the early 1990s, he produced the “shy lady’ which resembles an African woman admirable to her husband’s parents. This sculpture won an award in 2006 at the National Arts Merit Awards. This yielded him a certificate, a shield, tools and a cash prize of ten million dollars.’
Stabben is married to Tendai Kubeta and father of three children.