The Nairobi art scene is vibrant, and the world has taken note

Clockwise from top left: Gor Soudan, Paul Onditi, James Muriuki and Peterson Kamwathi. Right: Olivier Pendergast’s oil canvas painting titled "Kawangware Boy in Rain." Nairobi artists have a luminary status abroad yet saunter the streets of their hometown unbeknownst to other Kenyans. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Sculptor and charcoal guru Peterson Kamwathi is another humble creature.

  • Applauded internationally for his provocative social commentary and technical aptitude, his works are recognised in the UK, the US, El-Salvador, Austria, Holland, Finland, and South Africa.

  • Kamwathi walks to and from his fine art classes at Kenyatta University incognito every day.

  • As we visit different arts establishments to see the faculties and frailties on display, one of the hippest ventures in Nairobi is the new ‘Art Cabinet’ on Kinduruma Road in Kilimani.

The Nairobi art scene harbours an intriguing breed of visual artists. Living a peculiar life, these superstars have a luminary status abroad yet saunter the streets of their hometown unknown to fellow Kenyans.

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