Born and raised in Nyanga, in eastern Zimbabwe, Lazarus Takawira now lives and works in Ruwa. A full time sculptor, for twenty years, Takawira received much technical training from his mother and was advised and supported by his elder brothers, John and Bernard, who were both sculptors.
Takawira first began to sculpt whilst he was a full time member of the police force. In 1980 after serving for 11 years, he resigned his commission to devote all his working hours to sculpting.
Takawira is internationally recognized as a leading Shona sculptor and is regarded as one of the worlds most accomplished figurative sculptors active today.
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