Wilbert Samapundo

Wilbert was born in the eastern highland town of Nyanga in 1976.

At a young age, he was accepted into his uncle’s family, who lived in Chief Saunyama’s village.

He spent his childhood herding cattle and hunting game with dogs, and at the age of 15, became the village blacksmith, fashioning axe-heads and spearheads.

He says he considers himself a Christian and still belongs to the Apostolic Faith Mission.

After arriving in the Harare district, he was befriended by Moses Masaya, a well known artist, and began his apprenticeship.

Masaya taught him to look upon art as a “one-off” that should not be repeated, and tries hard to follow that philosophy.

Wilbert now runs his own sculpture garden, and has a number of assistants.

In 1997, he married Patricia and they have one girl and one boy.

In his spare time, he’s a family man, and spends that time with them.

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