Eddie Masaya was born in Nyanga District in 1960, he knew little about sculpture until he found an article in The African Times while at school which featured numerous artists including his cousin Moses Masaya. Unaware of his cousins profession Eddie became eager to travel to Harare after finishing his studies to assist his cousin.
He fulfilled his wish in 1980 spending two years working and learning with Moses, exhibiting with him at the John Boyne Gallery in 1981. In 1982 he moved to Guruve to work with Brighton Sango, one of most influential of the emerging second generation of sculptors. It was the beginning of a close friendship and working relationship which lasted until Brighton’s untimely death in 1995.
Eddie participated in a landmark exhibition in Harare 1991 with Tapfuma Gutsa, Brighton Sango and Norbert Shamuyarira. Titled “A new generation” the exhibition received wide critical acclaim and changed preconceptions on the Shona sculpture movement.
Since then Eddie has gone from strength to strength and his work is now highly sort after as he was one of the first of the second generation of artists to break away from the stylistic constraints imposed by earlier artists. Despite the obvious stylistic differences between his work and earlier artists, in fact Eddie’s spiritual pieces often show more of a connection to the first generation of artists than other younger sculptors.
His work has been exhibited in high profile galleries all over the world including the Barbican and West Yorkshire sculpture park in the UK.