I was born in 27th Dec 1975,in
Nairobi, Kenya. I attended my elementary education in Nairobi from 1982-1989,
I went to Naromoru Boys secondary school in in Nyeri district 1990-1993. In
the school, I helped start an Art and Design Club, whereby I helped other
students to nurture their artistic skills and talents. I discovered my
artistic talent, when I was around 6 years. I enjoyed drawing cartoon
caricatures and of course the safari rally motor competition. This made me
realize at the tender age that someday I will become an artist.
After clearing my secondary
education, I enrolled in Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA) in Nairobi,
in the years 1994-1996, where I pursued a Diploma course in Illustration,
Graphic Design and Painting. During this time at the college, I managed to
fine-tune my drawing and painting skills which enabled me to become one of the
best students in the college in realism and drawing at the time.
I was then employed in different
companies as a graphic designer, I pursued higher education in other fields as
a marketer and currently work as a business developer in an outdoor
advertising company in Nairobi. As much as I work in a totally different
field from art, I still do paint in my free time, because art is still my
passion. My style is realism, and abstract in
I have participated in various
local art exhibitions, but notably is when I was awarded a certificate
of merit by Purple Images Production, under the Kenya National ILO/IPEC
(International Labor Organization) Art and Photo Contest in Nairobi, on child
labor in March, 2003.
My inspiration comes from the
typical traditional African lifestyles, from different communities in Kenya,
and their diverse cultures. I like painting portraits both on oil on canvas,
paper, and water acrylic paints as well as pencil work, I also do wildlife.
My artistic influences comes from
the iconic David Shepherd's work whose style is ultra-realism, and Wakaba
Mutheki, a former college mate in BIFA, now based in South Africa, lives and
works there. He is a very good friend who advises and inspires me too. I hope
you enjoy my paintings.