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Joseph Nyunga Archives - Tanzanian Fine Art

Joseph Nyunga

Joseph Nyunga, was born in April 1957 in Lukuledi, which is a district of the Masasi Mtwara Region South of Tanzania.
Although he has an O-level education, he inherited the skills of carving from his Father and Grandfather. Every day after school, he’d go and led a hand to his Father and Grandfather, helping them with their carvings. This continued until he finished his schooling in 1974 when he then decided to take up carving full time.
1986 was the year Joseph invented his own style of (Storm) Kimbunga carving. This new style of carving is what ultimately brought Joseph into the limelight and gave him recognition and subsequent invitations to exhibit his works.
Joseph spent the next 8 years carving and showing his works at exhibitions world-wide. In 1994, he went to Swaziland to further study carving at Ezulwini College Centre and this culminated with an exhibition in Yuvaskolla Helsinki, in Finland.
KIMBUNGA: means heavy storm that can destroy trees, bridges & brings devastation all around.

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