Supporting The Art Community in Tengenenge, Zimbabwe
Last Mahwahwa was born on the18th of May 1972 at Nyamhondoro village in Guruve, belonging to the Zezuru tribe of the Nhari Unendoro (elephant) totem. During his childhood, he used to herd the cattle with other boys, enjoying the time in between with swimming, clay molding and bird hunting. In 1980 he started schooling at Nyamhondoro primary, being especially talented in drawing and painting.
After his academics in 1991, he raised income through market before he met a friend of his, Tendai Makina who informed him about stone works at Tengenenge art community. Inspired by him, Last started learning how to sculpt in his home village, bringing the completed sculptures to Tengenenge for sale. In 1992 and 1993, he even transported his works to be displayed at Chapungu art gallery in Harare. Only in 1995 he finally moved to Tengenenge. Once in Tengenenge, his first creation was a pangolin. The pangolin was followed by one of his ethnic creation, the mother and child. He was deeply touched by the way his mother had brought him up from the time of his birth.
As traditional believer who consider the living supernatural being through his ancestors, deeply earthed in his African customs Last’s creations are frequently related to culture.
Sculptures of Last Mahwahwa