Born in 1974 as the son of one of the country’s most renowned and well-respected sculptors, the late Nicholas Mukomberanwa, Tendai started sculpting at a tender age of 10 with much encouragement and nurturing from his master and father.
His first sculptures were small Steatite heads seldom influenced by the strong and powerful facial imagery of his father’s work. He then experimented on the harder Serpentine and enlarged the magnitude of his works as well as carving fully in the round.
A graduate of the Somona State University in California, USA, Tendai further sharpened his sculpting skills in his Fine Arts Bachelor’s major. During this period he mixed and mingled with people of various backgrounds who positively influenced his growth in sculpting.
After finishing his education, Tendai chose to work and live in South Africa, teaching computers. After three years, however, a visit to the family farm in Ruwa, where Ennica, Netsayi, Taguma and his big brother Lawrence are all working and producing intensely, led to his permanent return to the home country and stone sculpting full time.
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