David Murathi is inspired and inspire in return
David Murathi started woodcarving when he was still at school. He now runs a rural art studio in Mashau Village adjacent to the fertile Levubu Valley in Northern Limpopo. One can visit his workshop on the Mashau road off the Vuwani/Elim road. He learned carving from his uncle, famous woodcarver, Churchill Madzivhandila who lived in Tshakhuma. David is lead by his dreams and ancestral spirits. He creates traditional and contemporary, small and large sculptures and functional art. His wooden bathroom accessories such as hooks, towel rails and mirrors are true objects of art.
David says whenever he starts carving a sculpture, he looks at the natural form of the wood seeking to make a significant statement. Although most of his pieces are rather small, they are very expressive. Aside from traditional motives, a good number of his sculptures reflect on social problems and painful situations, such as domestic violence and women abuse.
David and his son between his sculptures
David has a small gallery with many sculptures. These are about 400mm high and made of various indigenous woods.
David Murathi scuplture on the veranda of his rural gallery at Mashau
David’s sculptures in Wild olive.
David make exceptional functional art like these hooks.
Popular hooks done by David Murathi.
Many of David’s towel rails and hooks can be seen in Madi a Thavha’s suites and rooms
David makes door handles too.
A range of small sculptures by David murathi.
David also makes chunky jewelry from indigenous wood.
One of David Murathi’s big sculptures, about 1.7m high
Traditional healer and herbalist
David has a wide knowledge of indigenous medicinal plants and has cultivated a herbal garden with a wide variety of common and scarce medicinal plants during the past couple of years.
David Murathi’s three figures
David Murathi’s sculptures
This sculpture is on the veranda of Madi a Thavha mountain lodge
This sculptue now stands in Limpopo guest suite at Madi a Thavha mountain lodge
Traditional head rest made by David Murathi
The dancers of David Murathi
David Murathi made almost all the functional art seen in Madi a Thavha’s rooms and suites.
David participated in different workshops and entered several competitions. At the Venda Arts Exhibition at the RSA Embassy Hall in 1992 he won the first prize and got a certificate. David is proud and happy that his sculptures not only found their way all over South Africa but even reached overseas. His name, picture and several sculptures can be found in various magazines and art books.
David, happy between his medicinal plants
Sculpture by David Murathi
The well-known African Potato growing well under David’s green fingers.
Some text source: Erika Hauff-Cramer
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