Allan ‘Think’ Kioko | Kenya
“There is always a need for artistic solutions. Whatever the problem is, it is up to you as an artist to come up with ways of how to solve it without limiting yourself.”
Allan ‘Think’ Kioko is a visual artist, illustrator and muralist based at the Karen Village, Nairobi, Kenya.
He grew his skill under the tutelage of the artist Patrick Mukabi at the Dust Depo Art Studio and also with the BSQ graffiti crew at the BSQ train studio.
He is an expressive painter and a lover of bold strokes, color and texture. His artwork is done using acrylic on canvas and watercolor on paper, deemed as thought provoking, humorous and sometimes controversial. He draws inspiration from his own life experiences and places he’s been to.
Today, he is also an aspiring art teacher and mentor and recently taught art at the Aga Khan Primary School’s Deaf Unit, just like his mentor.
Kioko’s artworks have been exhibited at The Oneoff Contemporary Gallery (Nairobi, Kenya), The National Museum of Kenya, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences (Augsburg, Germany), Sanaa Festival Exhibition (Adelaide, Australia), Karen Golf Club (Nairobi,Kenya), Safaricom Michael Joseph Centre (Nairobi,Kenya), United Nations (Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya) and at several private shows. His portfolio includes the production of an artwork for the Donovan Woods ‘Without People’ project (2020).
Kioko is famous also for his mural paintings around Nairobi’s low income areas of Mathare, Korogocho, Baba Dogo among others, with his new graffiti crew ‘Clan of A Can’.
Finally, he won a commendation award from the MASK prize competition in 2018 and came in second at the Manjano Art Competition in 2019.
TheCollectiveRestaurant, “VernissageArtShow”, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya National Museum, “Essence of Time II”, Nairobi, Kenya
United Nations, Mini Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
Tafaria Center For The Arts, GALLERY OPENING, Nairobi, Kenya
International School of Kenya,ISKFOTA ARTSHOW, Nairobi, Kenya
Sanaa Festival, Sanaa Festival Art Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia
AARTC, African Art Collective Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
Kuona Collective Art Center, National Art Fair exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
National Museum of Kenya, Affordable Art Show, Nairobi, Kenya
The Go Down Art Center, Manjano Art Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
British Institute of East Africa, Unfading Times Art Exhibition,