PASSMORE MUPINDIKO

BIOGRAPHY:

Passmore Mupindiko was born on the September 15, 1975 in  Marendero, Guruve, Zimbabwe. There are five in his family and he is the first-born. 

Passmore did his primary education in Horse Shoe, during which time he was living with his parents. During the last month of his final exams, his father passed away and Passmore had to leave school and provide for his family. Knowing life would be an up-hill struggle, Passmore had to think big. In 1992, as a means to make an income, he started to sculpt with wood, and began selling his carvings in different regions of Harare. Under the influence of Sadman Nyamhondora, Passmore created salad bowls, spoons, forks, trays, as well as bread and steak boards, slowly developing his inherent affinity for craft.

In 1998 Passmore visited Tengenenge Arts Community, to see if Tom Bloomfield — an integral patron of Zimbabwean sculpture — would be interested in his work. Tom suggested to Passmore that he try and create his art with stone. This propelled his involvement within the ever-evolving arts community alongside his brother-in-law Alexander Makaki. It was not long before Passmore became a full-time artist living in Tengenenge Art Community. 

Passmore's main subjects in stone are leaf bowls, which welcome the many varieties of birds which surround and influence the Zimbabwean artists. He is perhaps best known, however, for his elegant renderings of the slender Guinea Fowl, often working in Opalstone and Springstone, artfully playing with the stones to illustrate the diversity in contrasting textures. Passmore’s work has been exhibited in several countries including France, Holland, South Africa, Germany and Denmark, and he has travelled extensively with Ukama’s Zimbabwean partners, Zimsculpt, carving throughout the world and further developing relationships with his international collectors. 

During his spare time, Passmore enjoys fishing and listening to music which he believes encourages and teaches people how to live more harmoniously. 

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