Joe Mutasa was born in 1974 in Rusape, Zimbabwe. And maintains he was born to be a sculptor. Art was always his favorite subject at school and although he studied to be in public relatios he decided to give it up and take up sculpting full time.
In 1987 Joe joined a group of sculptors at Chapungu Sculpture Park. This was before the Artist Residency Program had been formally initiated, but since the conception of Chapungu there have always been sculptors working at the Park.
Samson Kuvhenguhwa was amoungst these sculptors and inspired Mutasa to become more serious about expressing his inner feelings, and encouraged him to have strong lines, and forms which are perfect. Kuvhenguhwa’s influence is evident even though the two stone sculptors styles are very different. Joe’s solid technical background and Samson’s guidance have combined to produce work of great technical skill.
Joe Mutasa is one of the most prominent names of the second generation of Zimbabwean sculptors. As a sculptor, he has travelled widely as a resident artist and exhibited at a number of high-profile international exhibitions.
His graceful sculptures with their fine proud features are instantly recognizable and much sought-after by collectors worldwide.
Selected exhibitions include:
• 2006 'Dialogue In Stone', Group exhibition, Toronto, Canada
• 2005 & 2006 Group Exhibition, Kalmthout Arboretum, Belgium
• 2003 Visiting Artist at Art In Action, UK
• 2001 Chicago Botanical Gardens and Missouri Botanical Gardens, USA
• '2000 ‘Custom and Legend: A Culture in Stone', Group Exhibition, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, UK
• 1997 & 1998 ‘The Stone Sculptors of Zimbabwe', Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, South Africa.