Elijah Ooko was born in Siaya Alego, Kenya, in 1968. He is a self-trained artist who started his career in the late 1980s, supported and encouraged by Gallery Watatu in Nairobi.
His earlier, very strong artworks portray animal faces with a photographic precision, set on a mono-chromic, light bluish background. The realistic, stately and statuesque depictions confront the viewer face-to-face.
Elijah Ooko lives and works as a wildlife painter in Nairobi.
Buffalo | Oil on Canvas | 70cm x 60cm - 1995
Leopard | Oil on Canvas | 61cm x 76cm - 1995
The Young Loving Gazelle | Oil on Canvas | 20cm x 102cm - 1995
Lion | Oil on Canvas | 61cm x 76cm - ca. 1995