African roots music singer and world renowned sculptor cum-businessman Bryn Taurai Mteki aka Sekurutau believes that his artworks that changed hands between President Robert Mugabe and Fifa president Gianni Infantino last week reaffirms his position as the most consistently imaginative Zimbabwean artist.
By Staff Reporter
The 41-year-old sculptor, who is back in the country after 16 years in America and Germany, had two of his pieces presented to Mugabe and another to Infantino last week.
Infantino was in the country to attend the belated birthday celebrations for the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) and Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa that were held at the Harare International Conference Centre.
The world football boss paid a courtesy call on Mugabe at State House where he was presented with the stone sculpture of a soccer ball and he returned the gesture with the bronze piece, a sculpture of Mugabe. Both pieces were crafted by Mteki at the request of Zifa.
“The sculptures exhibit Sekurutau’s trademark, whose multidisciplinary artworks explore his creative genius in the exact form and content,” said Patience-Annie Mteki, who is the artist’s personal manager.
“Such is his great artistry which has won him global appeal, with some of his artworks found in private and permanent collection of world’s top galleries.”
Patience-Annie, who is also Sekurutau’s wife, said the two pieces would add on to the artist’s long list of artworks that have been presented to international personalities such as R Kelly, Jay-Z , Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha , Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson, Kirsty Coventry, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Reverend Jesse Jackson, among many others.
Sekurutau comes from a family of great sculptors, with his father Richard and late uncle Boira being renowned first generation sculptors.