Akuda is one of the masters of Zimbabwe's first generation of
stone sculptors. He was born on 11th November 1932 in Zambia but
came to Zimbabwe in 1949 to work as a farm foreman.
In 1966, Fanizani moved with a friend to a farm in Tengenenge.
He met Tom Blomfield and joined the now World famousTengenenge
Smiling figures, happy families, interaction between humans and
animals often in pairs or groups and not forgetting "slit
eyes", one of his distinguishing features, became his "trademark".
He has earned a tremendous amount of exposure world wide and has
exhibited in all of the most important museums in the world from
the MOMA to the Centre George Pompidou or the Rodin Museum. Fanizani
Akuda has travelled many countries in exhibits and workshops,
including Germany, Denmark, USA, Holland, Sweden, Cuba or Australia
to mention just a few.
"Sculptors from Zimbabwe" (2001) - Ben Joosten
about the history of shona sculpture