“I am inspired by the beauty of my natural surroundings where I now live. I have often seen Humpback whales breaching in the Bay and I wanted to create a sculpture depicting a mother and her calf at play.” The sculpture measures more than a meter in length and took me approximately one month to carve out of one solid stone. My hope is that this sculpture will bring attention to the fragile state of endangered whales and encourage more anti-whaling initiatives.”
Eddie Chimhau was born in 1989 in a small village called Mutoko in Mashonaland, West Province, Zimbabwe. He is the younger brother to Soviet, Resta and Petros Chimhau, who are all accomplished artists. Since his childhood, Eddie enjoyed sculpting out of wood and clay and carving pieces of rough natural stone into works of art. After finishing his schooling, he focused mainly on stone sculptures and joined his brothers who worked at the Chitungwiza art gallery in Harare
In 2003, Eddie worked alongside established artists like Titan Mugawazi who inspired and taught him the full range of skills required to become a professional stone sculptor and how to express himself using his own ideas.
Eddie prefers hard stone carving such as the different types of Serpentinite stone found in Zimbabwe, especially the hardest varieties such as springstone, fruit serpentine and leopard rock. These dense stones have extremely fine grains and the uniform structure, which makes them ideal for sculpting. He also loves the permanence and color range of this material, which varies from yellow to green, through brown to black. Serpentines are rich in iron, so when the stone weathers it turns a rust colour, therefore, each piece is meticulously polished and sealed to better reflect and preserve its natural colours.”
In 2009 he had his first solo exhibition at the Harare Botanical Gardens and in 2010 he relocated to Cape Town, South Africa where he has become well-known among the emerging contemporary artists. Eddie now supplies several galleries and corporates clients in South Africa, the United States, Canada and Germany.