Also showcasing 'A Stitch in Time' a painting celebrating peace by Anne Mwiti, World Citizen Artists Award Winner 2014
Nairobi National Museum
J.B. MAINGA 1954 - 2000
John B Mainga 1954 was famed for leather and canvas art which he referred to as batiks. He was inspired by culture themes based on day to day activities and folklore. Mainga exhibited in galleries across Europe, USA and East Africa.
During his art practice he produced an enormous amount of work experimenting on different surfaces. His last exhibition before his death on 10 January 2000 was in Uganda where he exhibited in a group exhibition with friends such as artist Shake Makelele.
The 7 artworks on show are part of the J.B Mainga collection in custody of the National Museums of Kenya.
Tribute to Ashif Malamba 1972 - 2015
Portrait of Maasai Mbili, Museum collection
Ashif Malamba was born in 1972 and joined the famed Maasai Mbili art collective, in 2003. A significant artist and a leader in the Kibera community, Ashif was popular for his street art on canvas and most recent worked innovatively using recycled mediums like plastic paper to create colourful pieces.
Tribute to Jimmy Rakuru 1976 - 2012
Fishermen, Family collection
Opposite: Portrait of Jimmy Rakuru by Boniface Maina
Jimmy Rakuru was born in 1976 in Siaya. He was popular for his lakeside scenes of fishermen and other lakeside activities in Kenya. His preferred medium of work was acrylics on canvas and oils on canvas.
Jimmy studied art at Mwangaza Art Centre in 2006 and had a studio in Nairobi from where he produced the bulk of his collection. He participated in several exhibitions locally and internationally.
Celebrating a Winner
The painting "A Stitch in Time" by Anne Ntinyari Mwiti won the 1st prize at the World Citizen Artists Competition 2014. The exhibition was held at the Belgravia Gallery in London for a month