David Thuku | Kenya

“Since my college days, I’ve been experimenting a lot with different materials. To me, each idea normally chooses its own material.”

Born in 1985 in Nakuru, Kenya, David Thuku is a contemporary artist who currently lives and works in Nairobi.

Thuku graduated at the Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi and is now a painter and mixed media artist. 

In 2013 he co-founded Brush-Tu Art Studio, a creative collective providing artists within a studio space, with the purpose of a collaborative exchange.

Thuku works in a multiplicity of media, from conventional oil paint on canvas, to a more recent focus on paper. He cuts and peels paper away to reveal carefully constructed images. 

He explores the nature of social structure, identity, and urban migration through semi-abstract portraits. Thus, he analyzes the everyday space we deal with, peeling layers away to uncover hidden dimensions. 

The artist uses repeated patterns, which have a particular meaning, it creates a sense of space, perspective, comparison, and implies continuity.

Selected Exhibitions

African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Africa… & The Other 54 Countries: Focus On Kenya, Group exhibition, Akka Project Dubai, UAE
Paper works. Group exhibition, One Off Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Barcode – the layer Between, Solo Exhibition at The Red Hill Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Line, The basic element, Group show at One Off Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Also Known As Africa Art Fair, Paris, France
Young Guns group exhibition, Circle Gallery, Nairobi, kenya
Drawing Now Art Fair, Paris, France
This for That, Duo show with Michael Musyoka, Art Space Kenya Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
YIA Art Fair, Paris, France

Selected Works



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