Young Female Sculptor Defying Odds

Shona Murwizi’s life is an emotional testament to the healing power of art. Plagued by a failed marriage she persevered by using her personal obsessions as fodder for her prolific artistic output. At 21 years, it has informed a lifelong commitment to creativity at all costs despite the artist's past experiences. “I make stone sculptures to express my emotions and share my past experiences in that the sculptures I make have a motivation behind, so when I explain to someone I will be pouring my feelings.” said the Mabvuku based Shona

Young Female Sculptor Defying  Odds
Shona Murwizi Stone Sculptor from Tafara/ Mabvuku
Young Female Sculptor Defying  Odds
Young Female Sculptor Defying  Odds
Young Female Sculptor Defying  Odds
Young Female Sculptor Defying  Odds

Story by Chiedza Mutyavaviri

Shona Murwizi’s life is an emotional testament to the healing power of art. Plagued by a failed marriage she persevered by using her personal obsessions as fodder for her prolific artistic output.

At 21 years, it has informed a lifelong commitment to creativity at all costs despite the artist's past experiences.

“I make stone sculptures to express my emotions and share my past experiences in that the sculptures I make have a motivation behind, so when I explain to someone I will be pouring my feelings.” said the Mabvuku based Shona


In a society where women are given limited platforms to share their experiences, Shona says sculptures give her a platform to share her past experiences.

She started art when she was in secondary school and says it has given her a platform to share her experiences.

Shona realised that her strength is in stone sculpturing, however, an early marriage at the age of 17 put a dent to her dream. As fate would have it the marriage did not work leading her to resuscitate sculpture.

She became self-employed, despite the harsh economic environment slowing down her progress, she is earning a living, setting a good example for her two-year-old daughter.


Her dream is to become a renowned sculptor who will be remembered for changing lives through sculptures.


In the current economic situation, passion is the reason for her to continue sculpturing. She, however, has sound advice to young women and upcoming artists.


“You can be anyone and you can do anything, do not feel ashamed of who you are or what you do, people will discourage but if you have a dream work towards it,” she said