Born in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, Goodson Mlera grew up with his family in the high density suburb of Tafara. There he successfully completed his primary and secondary education.
When he was young, Goodson was inspired by seeing the stone works of the well renown artist, Luxon Gutsa. In 1999, when he was only eleven years old and in his sixth level of primary education, he was encouraged by the sculptor Jim Sephani to experiment with sculpting.
Goodson says, “At first my family did not like it. They wanted me to finish school and do a white-collar job. But to my surprise, I now look after my parents through my sculpting profession. I was born an artist. I enjoyed the subject of drawing at school. The school teachers today are using some of the diagrams and maps I drew. My resolution is not only to be a serious full-time artist, but also a successful one.”
During those early school years, Goodson had very little time to focus on sculpting. From 1999 to 2005, he was only able to carve in his spare time. Once he completed his O levels in 2006, however, he devoted himself to working full time as a sculptor. He has the ability to combine the natural and spiritual elements of stone and create sculptures that are both incredibly beautiful and emotionally expressive. His sculptures speak of parenthood, innocence, protection and love.
He is committed to portraying the ever-changing aspects of his culture. The durability of his messages spur him on to use increasingly harder stones. He enjoys the challenge of creating his works of art using one of the hardest stones available in Zimbabwe, Springstone.
Goodson has now been successful in establishing himself as one of Zimbabwe’s most talented, young artists. His works are original and creative and his reputation is growing quickly. His sculptures can be found in galleries and private collections around the world.