Vanassa was born in Chiweshe, Zimbabwe approximately sixty years ago. Little is known about where he trained, who he trained under, or much about his personal life, other than that he has eleven children.
Vanassa still carves in Chiweshe, and favours abstract faces. Each face is thought to recognize and represent a certain character trait, from bravery to humbleness to intelligence. Vanassa’s pieces can be characterized by the unique stone colouring and marbling.
These marvelous Shona sculptures from Zimbabwe speak for Africa, but they also speak for us all; they restore a dignity to art which it is in danger of losing.
-Sunday Telegraph, London