Artist statement

Stone sculpture has been my passion since the age of six when my friends and I created our own toys using soapstone which was abundant in mountains surrounding my village in Zimbabwe, Africa. Our improvised chisels were dry sticks split in half and our files were rough stones. My hand-carved stone sculptures are tribal art named after my tribe "Shona" of Zimbabwe. Shona stone sculptures affirm the co-existence between men and nature. Inspiration comes from  co-ordination between what I desire to sculpt and the hidden visual image in the row stone.

The Atlanta Airport set up a breathtaking Shona Sculpture display on one of their concourses. The display enriches society with exposure to Shona stone sculptures. With the same mindset to expose Shona art to the world, the public is invited to my stone sculpture studio and an ethnic art gallery in Greenwood, Indianapolis. The ethnic art gallery displays my own stone sculptures as well as some by my apprentices and  mentors. Included in the collections are paintings, african jewellery, ostrich egg carvings, decorated walking sticks, ceramics, batiks and wooden masks all hand done by African artists.

In collaboration with Hope ministry led by Pastors Jean and Jim Huiett in Indianapolis, I volunteer teaching scupture classes  to enrich and empower impoverished Indianapolis neighbourhoods. For the sculpture classes,Unique rock art studio donates the carving serpentine stone which is from Zimbabwe.

The studio and gallery can be visited by appointment only between Monday and Thursday.

uniquerockart@yahoo.com

www.uniquerockart.com

317 8477865

Peter Rujuwa

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