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A-wiki is a wiki on contemporary African paintings especially from East Africa.

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Biographies of renowned painters from East Africa

For detailed biographical information please click on the name of the artist.

photo name country born
  Meek Gichugu Kenya 1968
  Francis Kahuri Kenya 1947
  Jak Katarikawe Uganda/Kenya 1940
  Kivuthi Mbuno Kenya 1947
  Chain Muhandi Kenya 1957
shine_cv_120.jpg Shine Tani Kenya 1967

Art studios, galleries and centres

Banana Hill Art Studio, Kenya

Gallery walks in Nairobi, Kenya

The first Gallery walk organised by AfricanColours took place in Sep. 23rd 2006. Participants included artists, art enthusiasts, residents and tourists. The tour was co-hosted by popular Kenyan artists John Kamicha and Maggie Otieno. The aim of the Gallery walk is to introduce art enthusiasts to the visual art scene in Nairobi and its environs. Feedback from participants and institutions visited was positive and the general feeling was that the trend must continue.

Therefore AfricanColours planned an exciting second Gallery walk which was held on the 28th April 2007. There were visits to various art galleries situated in the city center as well as those in the suburbs (Alliance Francaise, RaMoMa Gallery, GoDown Arts Center, Paa Ya Paa Gallery, Green Art Sculpture Park).

AfricanColours organized the third Gallery Walk at 29th September 2007. The first destination was Alan Donovan's house in Athi River. Alan was a co-founder of African Heritage, the continent's first pan-African gallery in Nairobi.

The fourth Gallery Walk was held on the 5th of April 2008. This time the participants had the opportunity to discover the new RaMoMa gallery then bus out to the Kitengela plains to visit Nani Croze of the world famous Kitengela glass studios. Jimnah Kimani of the famed Java Coffee house paintings also in Kitengela opened his new studio doors especially for the GalleryWalk participants.

Read more at: Gallery walk

Important exhibitions of East African paintings

KENYAart (January 10 - February 29, 2004): A collaborative project of five simultaneous exhibitions of contemporary art (mainly paintings) from Kenya in New York (USA). Kenya Art was curated by Judy Ogana, Director of Kuona Trust Museum Art Studios and Carol Lees, Program Coordinator at Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art and conceived of by Hanne Tierney, founder of five myles performance and gallery space in Brooklyn.

Further information on: KENYAart

Further reading

Alexandra Gabriel: Zeitgenössische Malerei in Kenia unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Künstler Joel Oswaggo, Meek Gichugu und Chain Muhandi. Diss. Univ. Freiburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, 2002. (in German)

Current exhibitions

Exhibitions of Contemporary East African Paintings:


External links

Web gallery of contemporary East African paintings


Alex Mbugua: In His Own Words - A final interview

AfricanColours (Nairobi) November 27, 2006

AfricanColours profiled Alex Mbugua, a Kenyan painter and sculptor, in what would be his last interview before he passed away on 14th November 2006 after a short illness.

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Sabbatical in Paris Ends for Meek Gichugu

Daily Nation (Nairobi) March 4, 2006

Sabbatical in Paris Ends for Ngecha Artist by John Kariuki

After five years in France, Kenyan artist Meek Gichugu says he'd be much better off working from home and selling his works abroad ...

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Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards 2005

August 31, 2005

Painters Kabelo Kim Modise from Botswana, Mary Ogembo from Kenya (an artists of the A-gallery) and Stary Mwaba from Zambia were the 3 African winners of the 11 winners of the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards 2005.

All the winners were: Kabelo Kim Modise, Painter, Botswana; Nutan Bala, Sculptor, India; Dhananjay Kumar, Sculptor, India; Dimple Shah, Printmaker/installation artist, India; Bryan Duncan, Textile artist, Jamaica; Mary Ogembo, Painter, Kenya; Marnie Slater, Installation artist, New Zealand; Fatima Saeed, Printmaker, Pakistan; Sheku Mansaray, Painter/printmaker, Sierra Leone; Lee-Anne Hampson, Textile artist, UK; Stary Mwaba, Painter, Zambia;

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