KALOKI NYAMAI

KALOKI NYAMAI, born in 1985 in Kitui, Kenya, lives and works in Nairobi. His first inspirations were his mother, who worked in fashion, and his grand-mother, who was a musician. It is his mother who first taught him how to draw and his grand-mother who would recount the stories history books do not tell. Drawing heavily on the stories of the Kamba people he was told by his grand-mother, Nyamai – a multidisciplinary artist who studied interior design, film and taught art classes before dedicating himself to his craft – explores how history and identity are intertwined. His works are multimedia and characterized by rich layers, offering fragments to be pieced together slowly. The lengthy, searching process employed in the making of the works is mirrored in the experience of viewing them. His work as been presented in fairs and exhibitions in Africa and Europe. In 2018, he participated in the third edition of the Kampala Biennale, curated by Simon Njami, with a monumental installation.

selected work

recent exhibitions

CIRCLE ART GALLERY, NAIROBI, KENYA

Khanysilie Mbongwa, Curator

January 09 – 25, 2019

EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRIca

June 07 – July 28, 2018