Meet the Young Zimbabwean Sculptor Who Transforms Waste into Valuable Art

Johnson Zuze, a Zimbabwean craftsman situated in the capital Harare has aced making profitable workmanship utilizing scrap metal and waste while fighting land pollution.

He moves around to pick scope of waste that includes electronic devices, tins, wood and metal which makes up significant segment in framing figures whose subjects extend from creatures to abstract forms.

“I am a mixed media visual artist and I work with waste material which I recycle to create different pieces of art. The idea behind my style is to convey different social messages using waste material that I collect from dumpsites or even in the streets,” he said.

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Beginning as a artiste was difficult; Zuze says his folks debilitated him and had a go at pushing him to end up distinctly a doctor.


By gathering garbage in the road, Zuze confirm to advancing a clean environment and recycling culture that can help address the nation’s waste weight.

“I’m part of a network of artists from Pretoria, Maputo, Johannesburg and Harare whose collective aim is to find creative ways and means to preserve the environment by using waste and material to create art. So I try to bring back to life objects and materials that have been thrown away and I equate that to representing the downtrodden people in society,” said Zuze.

His productive bits of workmanship has earned him honors and global acknowledgment. In a year ago, he won the nation’s National Art Merit Awards (NAMA).

The craftsman works intimately with the Delta Gallery in Harare which offers which helps in selling his art. The models cost anything from 100 to 500 US dollars.


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