Meek Gichugu

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Meek Gichugu was born in Ngecha location, Limuru Division Central province, in the year 1968 and grew up in this small village a few kilometres from Nairobi. He belongs to the Kikuyu, the largest ethnic group in Kenya. His real name is John Mburu Njenga. But as a child he was called 'meek' by the people and so he retained this name as artist name. His mother is a countrywoman with a small farm, his father lives in Nairobi. Meek Gichugu has 2 sisters and 4 brothers. From 1976 to 1983 he attended the primary school and from 1984 to 1987 the secondary school in Ngecha. After finishing school he wanted to study mathematics, economy and history to teach these subjects. For financial reasons he had to abandon these plans. From 1988 to 1990 he did farming and in his scarce free time he consecrated himself to painting. Then in 1990 he committed himself to painting. 1991 he had a very successful solo exhibition at the Gallery Watatu. In 1995, Gichugu was among the Africans selected to exhibit at the White Chapel Gallery in London during the Africa Festival. In 1999 he chose to settle in Paris the French capital looking for a break from the Kenyan art scene. He returned to Kenya in 2006.

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