Born in a small village on the slopes of the Arbedares range called Mioro, in the Muranga District, Simon was inspired to pursue art at an early age by both his parents and teachers. He has enjoyed national as well as international success as a painter with at least 21 exhibitions in the last five years. Recently, his work was part of a three-man, month-long exhibition at the National Museum of Kenya.
Click on the small photo to the right to see me and some of the Banana Hill Studio artists who were eager that day to talk art! The jabber ended up on the newest updates to this site!
The truth is however, that Muriithi is only thinly attached to the Banana Hill artists. He has his own home/gallery in Kasarani, a town about 10 miles outside of Nairobi town. It's one of these places that is an oasis in the mania of Nairobi. An arched gate designed with welded sculptures leads you into a little paradise designed with blends of color everywhere you look. What at first seems eccentric is muted by the underlying talent that surrounds you - and inside Muriithi's modest home is a small collection of some of the most unique paintings to hit this website. Mixed media paintings incorporating mostly rope, painted to blend in yet add a texture. The oils that Muriithi uses are layered thickly, and the rope gives that paintings an even more topographical feel.
Update - Simon Muriithi's artistry and reputation have now reached in new level in reference to original artists in Kenya. His concepts and visualization are incredible - and his latest paintings show an increase in maturity. You can almost see how his skills have evolved. We are pleased to introduce three new paintings from this incredible artist:
Update: 25 March 2008 - I have just added these unbelievable Muriithis! Sometimes, in the course of running this website, paintings are so wondrous that it is painful to sell them. These fit into that class!
22 July 2007: I have just added the new painting 'Around Me'. Fascinating use of colors and another wonderful example of Muriithi's incredible talent!
September 25, 2006-Well, Simon is a hit on Inside African Art! For as soon as these paintings were posted, a returning collector knew he had to have them! It may be some time before we get paintings of Muriithi again...