I have been a Kamondia fan for years, and have given
away many of his paintings as gifts to friends and family. Like Juma,
they seem to express the epitome of 'African art' - being lively, colorful and
Andrew Kamondia was born in Kiahuria, Kenya, in 1956, and currently lives in Wangige, Kenya. He attended Ndunyu Primary School where he developed his interest in art, painting his impressions of daily life for fun. As a student he entered many exhibitions and competitions to hone his style. However it was after his formal education, when he found himself tending to his mother's farm, that he developed his present style. His first commercial painting took him two months and ten days to complete, it was of a market scene - today he is very prolific and many of his paintings can be found in the galleries of Nairobi, making it seem as though he paints much faster...
Below are six paintings by Kamondia. Scroll below more to see Kamondia's original paintings that were posted. There is also a narrative by the sold paintings that describe Kamondia's artistic style.
If you are
interested in any of these paintings,
Creative in color and imaginative in context, Kamondia's paintings have a lightness and almost lampoon quality. In the detail of African Boots Repair (below), the woman holding the heal has a look to her as if she's saying, "Where does this go again?" And the other woman, maybe her boss, is thinking...could I have hired the wrong assistant?
In addition to the characters, the painting is filled with abstractions of dwellings, a church, a dungeon...and more. The bizarre landscape is worth a second and third look as peninsulas of land hang precariously over a chasm, and drip with stalagmites of color.
An Aim to Score features stylized children kicking around a 'football', playing Kenya's favorite sport. The colors are dramatic and give the entire scene a ethereal quality, as if they are playing in some netherworld. Nonetheless, they seem to be having fun!
Both are wonderful examples of the creative mind of Kamondia. Sizable paintings, they look excellent in a nice matt and frame.
Kikuyu is the most popular language in Kenya after Kiswahili. Kamondia was born in Kiahuria - in Kikuyu this means 'Rhino Village'. He currently lives in Wangige - meaning 'Place of Locusts', and his primary school, Ndunyu, means 'Market'.