3 of Kenya’s Most Prominent Women in Fine Art

Kenya has a lot of women in art who’s contribution cannot be surpassed. Their benefaction to the exposure of Art and Design to the rest of the world had a great impact, especially on budding artists. In the Spirit of International Women’s Day, here are 3 of Kenya’s Most Prominent Women in Fine Art.

Anne Mwiti

Anne Ntinyari Mwiti is an established Kenyan artist and a lecturer of Fine Art and Design at Kenyatta University. She was my first painting class lecturer in 2012 when I was studying Fine Art and Design. I loved her critique and especially her depiction of women, in her first solo exhibition I saw: Absolute Feminism.


Anne Mwiti, Monotones in Red, 2012, mixed media, 80 x 60cm

Her Inspiration branches from human faces and the diversity in human characteristics. This could be due to the fact, in her own words; humans are so imperfect, yet so ingenious and resilient!

Her artworks are mostly of mixed media and hand painted, including a sense of personal history. It has been shown in various Kenyan galleries, as well as outside Kenya, in Brazil, Congo DRC.

Anne’s mixed media painting, A Stitch in Time, was an abstract piece in mainly black and white, colours that occupied an equal amount of space on her canvas, the white symbolising peace, the black symbolic of war but also of her region which she said was still often referred to as the “dark continent”.

She won the World Citizen Artist Competition 2014, with her masterpiece, A Stitch in Time. Being the only African among the 10, Anne couldn’t help feeling humbled to be representing not just Kenyan but African artists as a whole.

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu explores the violence and misrepresentation that women, particularly black women, experience in the contemporary world. Moreover, the award-winning multi-media artist has had exhibitions everywhere from London, Moscow and Johannesburg to Paris and New Haven (where she got a Masters of Fine Art from Yale).

In 2014, her one-woman show entitled ‘Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey’ at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in the US proved to be one of many watershed moments in her extensive artistic career.

Wangechi Mutu, Family Tree, 2012. , mixed-media collage on paper 41.28 x 31.12 cm.


Wangechi Mutu | That’s My Death Mask You’re Wearing (2004)

Maral Bolouri

Maral Bolouri is a Kenya-based visual artist exploring issues of gender and identity in art. That is how she arrived at creating her award-winning artwork ‘Mother and Others’. Her installation focused on women’s portrayal in African proverbs won first prize at ABSA-Barclays’ ‘L’Atelier’ 2017.  This unique installation investigates representations of women in African oral traditions.

Maral Bolouri | Mothers and Others

Maral studied painting at the Art University of Tehran and earned a Master’s degree in International Contemporary Art & Design Practice from Malaysia. She has exhibited her art in Iran, USA, Belgium, South Africa and Malaysia.

Maral Bolouri The Holy Woman | Photocopy transfer pen and ink on paper. 64 x 45.5cm.



I will be featuring Women in Art the whole of March. If you are, or if you know anyone who would be a great addition, email me on of send me a Direct Message on my Social Media Pages.





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