Center for Audio & Visual Expression

“Bones”
New Works by RALPH ZIMAN
February 6 – March 5

Picture 1 (Eland)


Ralph Ziman
“Impofu”
(Eland / Zulu)
‘The humble one’ or ‘The poor one’
Poverty is often associated with humility, probably a referral to the animal’s gentle nature.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 2 (Wildebeest)


Ralph Ziman
“Inkonkoni”
(Wildebeest / Zulu)
Inkonkoni is taken from the Zulu word “nkonkoni” which denotes a champion or a great leader. The most revered traditional healer a community is often called the Inkonkoni.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

 

Picture 3 (Giraffe topshot)


Ralph Ziman
“Thutlwa”
(Giraffe / Sepedi & Setswana)58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 4 Giraffe (Herd)


Ralph Ziman
“Umhlambi”
(Giraffe Herd / Zulu)
Umhlambi is the Zulu word for herd. The word alludes to wealth & unity.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 6 (Hippo) New


Ralph Ziman
“Imvubu”
(Hippo / Zulu)
Imvubu, derived from the Zulu word “Vuba” which means mixed up or confused. The Zulu’s believe the hippo doesn’t know whether it wants to be an elephant or a rhino, hence the name. It could have something to do the duality of the creature; aquatic & terrestrial, vegetarian, harmless in appearance – yet very aggressive. More people are killed by Hippos in Africa than any other animal in Africa.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

 

Picture 7 (Wildebeest Skeleton) Flat


Ralph Ziman
“Kgokong”
(Wildebeest / Sepedi, Sotho & Tswana)
A champion. It’s a common surname amongst the Tswanas. It shows the high esteem that the animal is held in.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 9 (Rhino Horn)


Ralph Ziman
“Dinakane”
(Rhino Horn / Sepedi)
Named for Canopus, the brightest star in the southern sky.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 10 (Chimp Wide) New


Ralph Ziman
“Mfene”
(Chimpanzee, Monkey / Zulu)
Mfene is derived from the Zulu word “Fana” which means ‘to resemble’. So the name Mfene simply means: ‘To resemble a human being.’58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 11 (Chimp Mid)


Ralph Ziman
“Kgabu”
(Chimpanzee / The Sepedi & Setswana)
The Sepedi & Setswana word for monkey also means to dazzle, to outshine or impress. The monkey is known as ‘the impressive one’ or ‘the one who outshines all’.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

 

Picture 12 Chimp (CU) New FLAT


Ralph Ziman
“Mthakathi”
(Sorcerer / Zulu)
Monkey bones are believed to be very powerful in witchcraft & mischief.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 13 Lowland Gorilla Muti (New) FLAT


Ralph Ziman
“Muti”
(Remedy or cure in Zulu/Xhosa)
Muti refers directly to the tools used by a traditional healer in their services, such in the photo. The word can also mean the tools of witchcraft. Monkey paws, skulls and other animal parts are for sale in places like the Mai Mai Market in Johannesburg.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

 

Picture 15 (Mandril Wide) New Flat


Ralph Ziman
“Tshwene”
(Mandrill Ape / Sepedi & Setswana)
This highly colorful primate is thought to combine both human & animal traits.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

Picture 19 (Gorilla Ext Mai Mai) FLAT


Ralph Ziman
“Nkawu”
Gorilla. The word also refers to an “Albino” person. The painful irony is that monkeys & Albinos alike, are coveted for their body parts which are used in witchcraft & Muti.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 8 (Rhino)New Flat


Ralph Ziman
“Tshukudu”
(Rhino / Tswana)
The Bafokeng royal family refer to themselves as the rhino when praising themselves. This is because of the rhino’s strength & the dangerous horn. Characteristics that the family obviously wants to emulate.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

 

Picture 14 (Lowland Gorilla Sangoma) FLAT New


Ralph Ziman
“Sangoma”
Sangoma is the term given to traditional healers. Their purpose includes divination, dream interpretation & counteracting witchcraft. Should a Sangoma abuse their gifts he will be considered a witch-doctor.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 16 Mandril (Close) Flat New


Ralph Ziman
“Gbekre”
(Kwenkawu)
Baule, an African Monkey God, believed to judge the souls of the dead.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 17 (Hyena wide) NEW


Ralph Ziman
“Phiri”
(Hyena / Sepedi)
The name is derived from “Sephiri” which means “Secret”. Hyenas are perceived to operate under a cloud of darkness, secrecy & silence.34″ x 44″ (86 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$3,300 Framed; $2,800 Unframed

Picture 18 (Hyena close)New Flat


Ralph Ziman
“Mhisi”
(Hyena / Shangaan)
Shangaans associate the Hyena with witchcraft & evil, but with power & strength.58″ x 44″ (147 x 112cm)
Limited Edition of 9
$5,500 Framed; $4,700 Unframed

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SCULPTURES

impofu


Ralph Ziman
“Impofu”
(Eland / Zulu)
‘The humble one’ or ‘The poor one’
Poverty is often associated with humility, probably a referral to the animal’s gentle nature.Resin cast of skull / beads
$9,000

ngulube_web


Ralph Ziman
“Ngulube”
(Bush Pig)Resin cast of skull / beads
$7,000

inkonkoni


Ralph Ziman
“Inkonkoni”
(Wildebeest / Zulu)
Inkonkoni is taken from the Zulu word “nkonkoni” which denotes a champion or a great leader. The most revered traditional healer a community is often called the Inkonkoni.Resin cast of skull / beads
$7,000

gemsbok1_web


Ralph Ziman
“Blue Gemsbok”
(Gemsbok)Resin cast of skull / beads
$7,000

ndebele_gemsbok_WEB


Ralph Ziman
“Ndebele Gemsbok”
(Gemsbok)Resin cast of skull / beads
$6,000

 

phala_web


Ralph Ziman
“Phala”Resin cast of skull / beads
$4,000

hyaena_web2


Ralph Ziman
“Phiri”
(Hyena / Sepedi)
The name is derived from “Sephiri” which means “Secret”. Hyenas are perceived to operate under a cloud of darkness, secrecy & silence.Resin cast of skull / beads
$5,000

imvubu


Ralph Ziman
“Imvubu”
(Hippo / Zulu)
Imvubu, derived from the Zulu word “Vuba” which means mixed up or confused. The Zulu’s believe the hippo doesn’t know whether it wants to be an elephant or a rhino, hence the name. It could have something to do the duality of the creature; aquatic & terrestrial, vegetarian, harmless in appearance – yet very aggressive. More people are killed by Hippos in Africa than any other animal in Africa.Resin cast of skull / beads
$14,000

mfene1


Ralph Ziman
“Mfene”
(Chimpanzee, Monkey / Zulu)
Mfene is derived from the Zulu word “Fana” which means ‘to resemble’. So the name Mfene simply means: ‘To resemble a human being.’Resin cast of chimpanzee skeleton / beads
$12,000

mfene2_web
giraffe_web


Ralph Ziman
“Kameelperd”Resin cast of skull and jaw with 7 vertebrae (on left)
$12,000

giraffehead_web


Ralph Ziman
“Giraffe Head”Resin cast of skull / beads
$6,000

nkawu_web


Ralph Ziman
“Nkawu (with jaw)”Resin cast of skull / beads
$5,000

nkawu2_web


Ralph Ziman
“Nkawu 2″Resin cast of skull / beads
$4,000

rhino_web


Ralph Ziman
“Ubhejane”
(Rhino head and horn)Resin cast of skull / beads
$12,000

rhinohorn1


Ralph Ziman
“Ubhejane”
(Rhino head and horn)Resin cast of skull / beads
detail

sable_web


Ralph Ziman
“Sable”
Resin cast of skull / beads
$7,000

impala_web

Ralph Ziman
“Impala”
Resin cast of skull / beads
$3,000

bushvark_web


Ralph Ziman
“Bush Vark”Resin cast of skull / beads
$3,500

kgabu_web


Ralph Ziman
“Kgabu”Resin cast of skull / beads
$3,000

tawula_web


Ralph Ziman
“Tawula”Resin cast of skull / beads
$700

ithambo_web


Ralph Ziman
“Ithambo”
Resin cast of skull / beads
$1,500

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Past Exhibitions by Ralph Ziman

 

WORLDS COLLIDE

http://cavegallery.net/worlds-collide-new-collaborations-by-ralph-ziman-bisco-smith/

 

GHOSTS Ethiopia

http://cavegallery.net/ralph-zimans-ghosts-ethiopia/

 

GHOSTS Johannesburg

http://cavegallery.net/ralph-ziman-ghosts-johannesburg/