have been spending a lot of time with Shine Tani recently. It seems every
weekend I am found at the Banana Gallery in Banana, Kenya, researching him and his
skills, as well as the other incredibly talented artists that base themselves in
Banana. Of course, I had heard of Shine many times in the past, but was never
able to track him down. These days though, with the Gallery's intent gaining
momentum and the other artists also improving, the Gallery is just teeming with
The paintings below are just the tip of the
iceberg when it comes too the volumes that are available from this artist. To be honest, Shine's
international reputation put him on another level from many of the other artists on
this website. However, in an effort to further promote Shine's talents, and in
light that the Banana Gallery not only supports the creative skills of many
artists, but also their basic needs - food, shelter, communal interests - then we are
pleased to announce and present some wondrous paintings by Shine Tani!!!
Following the paintings below, if you're
interested, be sure to check out a biography and exhibition information that's
been provided by Shine himself. He is a cousin to
Martin Kamuyu, another artist also featured on
x 18" (56 x 46cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Price: $550 SOLD! 25 September 2006-To
a keen eye in England. Thanks!
Mother Washing Child
17.5" x 28.5" (44 x 73cm)
Medium: Acrylic on paper
11.5" x 16" (29 x 41cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
What a Blessing
18" x 24" (42 x 61cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Price: $500 SOLD! 26 Oct '07 - To a busy guy
with a lot of expenses in Denmark!
As provided by Shine Tani:
"A self taught artist, Shine Tani was born in 1967 in Ngecha
Location in Kiambu district. He joined Rironi primary school later in 1977 and
did the certificate of primary examination in 1983. In his school life he
acted as a teacher he gave instruction to the pupils who had art interest in
the class. Art was not taught in school but at home his elder brothers did a
lot of drawings and they influenced him much. His parent were poor that they could not afford to educate
him farther. He chose to seek for ways of survival, he joined an acrobatic
group in the village. It was not easy with the group since he earned very
little so at that time he decided to go in the street to fight for life.
For some years he survived as a street boy, his talent was
not begging. He quit the streets with shillings 100 that he had begged. At
that time he saw paintings hanging on the walls of the Galleries and he
decided to develop what he had done in his school life.
Simply put: Artists are created and artists are creative. He
learned that he had a talent when he was young and wanted to prove to the
world that he surely could express himself through art.
In 1988 he started to be a serious artist. He took some of
his paintings at Gallery Watatu. The gallery owner gave material and some
money to help him survive for a month. The material were very expensive and he
could not afford so he spent some of his time in the street and some times
went back to the village. Parents and relatives did not understand what he was doing
and they had decided to reject him from the family. Shine being the odd one out
tried his best and the press realized the talent of this artist. By offering some
pages in the newspaper he received buyers who made his beginning successful.
Shine has been in the art field up and down to the point of
traveling and exhibiting his work world wide. He has won prizes both local and
His work has been featured in art books, calendars,
magazines, world TVs, newspapers, radio, and documentaries. He has entered in
world cultural exchange. Shine is the founding member of Banana hill art studio he
has been the studio director since 1992. His work has been in the collection
of world museums and companies like the Pepsi Cola etc. He has taught many and seen their success in schools,
orphanages, and in organization or groups, also individuals. He is inspired by
day today life e.g. politics, Christianity, and personal experiences expressing
his feelings through art. He use recycled material for both paintings and sculptures, and he also does wood and metal sculptures.
He is recently being busy organizing the exhibitions and workshops for the
artists inside the studio and outside the studio both locally and
Shine has traveled for
exhibitions and workshops internationally:
1994 traveled to Kampala Uganda.
1997 Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Netherlands.
1989- "Ngecha village of artists" at the Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1990- "Kenya art panorama" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1990- Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1991-2002- Annual "museum art Festive" at the national museum of [enya.
1991- Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1992- "Kenya Art Panorama" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1992- "New Gallery Watatu" at the Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1993- "Artistic voices" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1993- "Wild life art" at Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1993- "Kenya Art Panorama" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1994- "New art from Nairobi" in Philadelphia USA.
1994- "Art Engraving" at the British council Nairobi.
1994- "Poetry 94" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1994- "Wild life 94" at the Gallery Watatu Nairobi.
1994- "Art from Banana hill" in0Waltrop Germany
1995- "Pan Africa art" in Kampala Uganda.
1995- "Total oil Personage" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1995- "Banana hill art" in Philadelphia USA.
1995- "Banana hill art for Africa" in Dotmond Germany.
1996- "Banana hill art Reflection" at the Goethe institute Nairobi.
1996- At the French cultural center Kampala Uganda.
1996- "Exhibition for the Banana hills" in Koln Germany.
1997- Goethe institute Kampala Uganda.
1997- "East Africa for East Africa industries" at the national museum
1997- at the Missio- Aachen Germany.
1997- At the café Zufliuchete Aachen Germany
1997-2002 "Art Affair" Nairobi.
1997- "Manzan Dela Rivera" in Paraguay.
1998- Liege Belgium.
1998- "Daraja" at the Goethe institute Nairobi.
1998- "heart expression" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
1998- sculpture exhibition at the product design center Nairobi.
1999- "Kenyan art" Mofheim city hall - Germany.
1999- Residence at Le hors la in Marseille France.
1999- "New Kenyan art" at the Kubatana Gallery in Atlanta USA.
1999- 'Nairobi insecurity" at the Goethe institute Nairobi.
1999- "Bomb Blast terror" at the Goethe institute Nairobi.
1999- "Nairobi insecurity" at the UN offices Nairobi.
1999- "Contemporery Africa art"- bio pharmacetical technology karkway
2000- "Our world 2000" London UK.
2000- "Our world 2000 UN Headquarters New York USA.
2000- "Our world 2000" Storkholm Sweden.
2000- "Survival of the artists" at the French cultural center Nairobi.
2001- "Strokes on the hills" at the Village Market Nairobi.
2001- At Ramoma Nairobi.
2001- "street exhibition" at the Ramoma Nairobi.
2001- At the French ambassador Residence.
2002- "Inner Coat" at the National museum Nairobi.
1992- Gringoes Restaurant Nairobi.
1994- "Circle" AT THE Goethe institute Nairobi.
1999-2000- "Black Hills" at the Café parisian marseille France.