Wayne Stutchbury was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1968. He was educated at Sinoia Primary School, and secondary education was at Peterhouse College. Wayne is the youngest of three, with two older brothers.

Wayne's parents, Jeff and Veronica, opened Spurwing Island in the early 1970's on the shores of the Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba, where Wayne spent his early childhood. The family, after 8 years, moved to Chikwenya Safari Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River adjacent to the well known Mana Pools National Park.

In 1992, Wayne moved to Harare where he has a studio and has based there ever since.

Wayne Stutchbury Artist

The family also had a beach house in Vilankulo on the Mozambique coast, where Wayne spent some time working with the hard woods of the area. Wayne started painting at school, photographing and painting animals. At Chikwenya he painted landscapes en plein air and developed a keen interest in the numerous Cave paintings produced by the San people (Bushmen), which are found throughout Zimbabwe. These ancient images provide a rich source of ideas for the scrap metal sculpture that he had begun producing at his studio.

Recently sculpture has become the main focus of his work. He utilises objects which have been discarded or are part of the natural landscape such as stones, animal bones, and driftwood. Wayne also creates custom made furniture and unique one-off utilitarian items such as lamps, stools, benches and wooden bowls. The philosophy of re-cycling runs deep in the work - the artist tires to "give objects a second life", using wood offcuts, scrap metal and pieces of wooden dhows found along the beaches. Inspiration is first and foremost from nature - the shapes and forms and colours of the Zimbabwean wilderness and latterly the coastline of Mozambique give him the core idea upon which he builds the sculptures.

A unique childhood immersed in the African environment has produced a strong theme representing the form and colour, and it prevails in all of Wayn'es work, whether painting or sculpture. Over many years, Wayne has exhibited regularly in Zimbabwe, as well as shows in Kenya, South Africa, Ireland and Jersey. Works reside in a variety of prominent public spaces in Harare from restaurants and hotels, to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.