“Younger brother of the famous Brighton Sango, who it is said, was the first purely abstract Shona sculptor. Edmore is very prolific, and has created works of over eight feet high weighing over a ton.”


Edmore was born in 1977 in Guruve District, a region with a strong sculpting tradition. He comes from a prominent sculpting family; his late siblings Queen and Brighton are recognised as two of the most renowned 2nd generation Shona Sculptors. Brighton Sango, Edmore Sango’s elder brother was considered to be an important member of the Second Generation, and his work was a source of interesting debate as to the future of Zimbabwean sculpture. Sango represented a new direction: pure abstraction.
Sango’s sculptural career began at Tengenenge. He stayed only a few months before removing himself from the distracting and possibly confusing influence created by other sculptors. “After my experience at Tengenenge I felt I had to change. My work was being too influenced by others. I now work with the idea that every day is new and that your work must reflect this.” With no artistic education, he made the decision to prevent outside influence on his work and began to give voice to his very different ideas — with conviction and pride. In August 1995 Brighton Sango tragically took his own life.
Edmore has continued with his late brother’s lyrical vision. Almost all of his sculptures are the manipulation of forms, planes and rhythms in stone. Hard Spring Stone and the deep red cobalt stone are his favorite materials. He continues to honor his favorite brother’s imagination and legacy that echoes the unique Sango style. He once said to me, “I like to try to make the stone sing and move, “ – quite an objective when considering that his art is created from solid unyielding chunks of rock.