A Journey through the Gallery
Red Hill Art Gallery presents a selection of artworks from the Kenyan artists Paul Onditi, Justus Kyalo, Gor Soudan, William Wambugu and Denis Muraguri and from the Sudanese artist Eltayeb Dawalbeit and the Zambian sculptor Tom Phiri.
Born in Kenya in 1980, Paul Onditi moved to Germany in 2000, where he studied art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main. In 2010 he returned to Nairobi. He is part of a generation of young African artists working on the continent whose engagement with contemporary - social, political and environmental – issues is rapidly gaining international attention.
Justus Kyalo was born in 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya. He was initially trained and worked as a book illustrator and found his way to visual art through music, dance, photography and fashion.
Kyalo has gained wide recognition as one of the most prominent East African abstract painters. “A Retrospective of his Artworks from 2003 to 2013” was shown in 2013 at Red Hill Art Gallery.
Gor Soudan was born in 1983 in Kisumu, Kenya. He has a BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Egerton University in Kenya. His work is deeply engaged with contemporary political and social issues.
Red Hill Art Gallery has shown his works of the “Protest Wire” and “Bubbles & Shells” series in November 2014 – January 2016
William Wambugu was born in 1983 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he lives and works. Wambugu is a young emerging Kenyan artist and has been gaining reputation and experience through his repeated shows in the last years.
His meticulously elaborated ink drawings transform everyday things by a metamorphosis of an object into art.
Red Hill Art Gallery has shown his works in two previous group exhibitions in A Group Exhibition in 2013 and “Ink & Smoke on Paper” in 2015.
Dennis Muraguri born in 1980 in Naivasha, Kenya is a multimedia artist working in painting, printmaking, installations and sculpturing.
Muraguri has become popular and recognized for his body of work inspired by ‘matatu’ (Kenyan minibuses and vans that are the main mode of public transport). In this work he explores urban culture of contemporary Nairobi.
The current exhibition presents one sculpture “These Aliens and their Helmet” of his recently exhibited “Aliens” series.
Eltayeb was born in 1968 in Kosti, Sudan.
He studied from 1989 to 1995 at the University of Sudan’s College of Fine & Applied Arts in Khartoum and has been living since 1997 in Nairobi, where he works as a freelance artist and textile designer.
The human face and head in numerous variations characterise the subject of his artworks in recent years. Red Hill Art Gallery dedicated a comprehensive solo exhibition to his art works, “Resurrection – Facial Fragments” in 2015.
Tom Phiri a Zambian sculptor, who recently completed a 3 month residency at Kuona Trust in Nairobi, is the co-founder of Roots of Xpression, a collective of non-conformist, like-minded, up-coming artists in Lusaka, Zambia.