David Murathi is inspired and inspire in return

David Murathi

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.

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 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.

Some text source: Erika Hauff-Cramer

Contact details:

David Murathi
Tel +27(0)76 999 6022
Tel +27 (0)79 661 9525
Mashau village, Elim