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Richard Kimathi

Kenya

Français

Ce peintre utilise des mélanges de pastels, acryliques, encre, huiles, sur des toiles ou du papier, sa spécialité. Les matières, les couleurs, les lignes, les plantes, les animaux inspirent l'artiste. Richard Kimathi est né en 1971. Après un diplôme en Arts graphiques, ce peintre entame une carrière professionnelle en rejoignant Kuona Trust en 1996 pour un travail d'atelier. Richard Kimathi a participé et mené des ateliers de peinture à Nairobi et aux Etats-Unis. Il a également remporté de nombreux prix en Afrique et à l'étranger :- premier prix de East african industries art competition, en 1997- vainqueur du winsor and newton millenium art competition en 2000 suivi d'expositions à Londres, Paris, en Suisse et à New York où sa peinture a été choisie par l'administration des Nation Unies pour apparaître sur leurs timbres postaux.- En 2001, il gagne une bourse d'études de quatre mois pour le programme art de l'Université du Kentucky (USA). Son travail dépeint les questions sociale et personnelle dans une perspective globale.

English

Currently one of the artists represented by One Off Gallery, Richard Kimathi is the only Kenyan artist whose work has been used in the creation of a United Nations postage stamp. He has also exhibited extensively around the world from the USA to Italy to Senegal (at the Dakar Biennale) and many other countries and is easily one of the Kenya’s best known artists.



Kimathi was born in Nyeri in 1971 and spent most of his growing years in Machakos. He loved art from the beginning and painted continuously from an early age. In 1996, Kimathi joined the then newly established Kuona Trust studios and begin to work with other artists there after a diploma in graphic arts. A year later, he was declared “Most Promising Artist” in a national competition. He also gained several prices in Africa and abroad : first price East african industries art competition; winner of the winsor and newton millenium art competition in 2000, followed by exposures in London, Paris, Switzerland and in New York. In 2001, he was invited to a four month residency programme at the university of Kentucky (USA).



Kimathi experiments with ease and incorporates a quirky humor in his work. He uses pastels, acrylic resins, ink, oils, on fabrics or paper, its speciality. He reads magazines on art and enjoys a wide range of music – for which he has an impressive collection of music from West Africa, blues and roots reggae. He works from his home-studio on the outskirts of Nairobi.