BINKY NEWMAN AND THE LATE ABEL ZATA
Binky Newman and the late Abel Zata had been working together since 1996. Tragically Abel died in 2009 after failing to get the medical care he required to treat his diabetes. Together they developed, designed and produced the most remarkable collection of wooden sculptures – all made from driftwood that Abel collected from nearby farms.
Abel lived and worked in the rolling hills of Dombashawa, outside Harare, Zimbabwe, where the peace of its remoteness, allowed his creativity to run wild. Luckily Abels’ brothers; Collins, Aggrey and Nhamo are also talented carvers and are continuing the tradition. Abels’ wife, Rebecca Zata, has learned to carve fish and candlesticks – their 2 sons – Denwich and Ephooge, are presently in Cape Town, carving from pieces of found wood.