Against all odds: Dan Oketch

Imagine losing the freedom to not only do what earns your coins, but also what keeps you level-headed… That’s what happened to Dan Oketch nearly year ago. How he lost that freedom is nowhere near the start of his artistic journey neither is it its end, but it definitely fueled his career as an artist. BackContinue reading “Against all odds: Dan Oketch”

Art on skin: Valary Mdeizi

Self-taught makeup artist Valary Mdeizi has made her art more than just about making her clients -her canvases- prettier. She went pro in 2013 for a music video shoot, and that train has been chugging ever since. Her art is inspired by nature, cultures, poetry, paintings and people; among many other things. Here is aContinue reading “Art on skin: Valary Mdeizi”

Staying buoyant: Swift Graffiti

The origin of his artist name is a story involving a trip to shaggz, a bottle of soda, a young light-skinned African boy and his grandma. Now in his 10th year doing graffiti professionally, Swift is one of the pioneering graffiti personalities in Kenya. He however did not start his artistic journey with a sprayContinue reading “Staying buoyant: Swift Graffiti”

BSQ Crew- Breathing life to walls

Located inside a train at the Nairobi Railways Museum is the BSQ Crew art studio. Inside this unique space are amazingly decorated walls and seats. There are also some paintings hanging on different parts of the walls. It is such a magical space to work from. The Bomb Squad Crew, better known as BSQ CrewContinue reading “BSQ Crew- Breathing life to walls”

Graffiti Girls Kenya: Using graffiti to tackle social issues

Founded in 2015 by one of Kenya’s pioneer graffiti artists Douglas Kihiko, famously known as Smokillah, Graffiti Girls Kenya is an initiative that involves in more than just spraying colorful designs, drawings and messages onto walls and other surfaces. Together, they confront social issues that affect women in their society; issues such as cervical cancer,Continue reading “Graffiti Girls Kenya: Using graffiti to tackle social issues”

Spraying color onto Nairobi’s walls: Kerosh

With his headphones on, neither the blaring matatus nor the endless stares and comments by the curious onlookers do take his focus away from the mural right before him. As we approach him, Kerosh unplugs his headphones and quickly descends from the ladder he is using for support. He leaves his working tools hanging onContinue reading “Spraying color onto Nairobi’s walls: Kerosh”

Maasai Mbili Artists’ Collective – Deeper than just the aesthetic

There are a lot of ways to find healing from whatever’s ailing an individual or society. One of these ways is art. Enter Maasai Mbili Artists’ Collective, a group of free-spirited artistic geniuses -also fondly referred to as M2. These artists re-purpose junk and trash into material for creating art. They are also involved inContinue reading “Maasai Mbili Artists’ Collective – Deeper than just the aesthetic”

Banana Hill Art Gallery: Where African art lives

What catches your eye as soon as you enter Banana Hill Art Gallery is artwork by Haji Chilonga hung on the walls of the serene building. He is the gallery’s featured artist of the month. Located anywhere between 25 minutes and 2 hours (traffic in Nairobi 🙄) away from Nairobi CBD, is the small andContinue reading “Banana Hill Art Gallery: Where African art lives”