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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org of send me a Direct Message on my Social Media Pages.