Hilda Mumbi | Kenya
“I believe that I have a special power as an artist, the power to capture people’s attention. A power that I use not to merely produce artworks, but to spark a conversation, to pass on the values that I believe in, and condemn the vices around us.”
Hilda Mumbi, artist name, Wambui Mumbi, was born in 1997 and is a Kenyan-based graphic designer, animator, and best of all, artist.
She grew up in a small-town in central Kenya.
Hilda tried to be admitted at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology but after missing the test, she decided to get the admission to the Technical University of Kenya and she started studying Design in 2016.
Near the University there was an art studio run by Patrick Murabi and after finishing her studie, she felt influenced by her artist friends to start doing art professionally.
Most of her works are digital artworks but occasionally she works with acrylics and watercolors.
Her art style stands between contemporary and surrealism. She also occasionally does figurative art with a touch of minimalism. She likes to define herself as an expressionist or conceptual artist because each of her artworks always has a story behind it. She uses her art to express her feelings, insecurities, happy memories, and the values that she believes in.
She participated in three gallery exhibitions, one organized by the Manjano art festival early this year; She’s currently displaying her artworks in the Yellow Art Series Exhibition at Noir Gallery in Nairobi and she’s part of a group exhibition along with several other artists in the Hive Studio.
She has participated in multiple pop up exhibitions around Nairobi.
African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy
Yellow Art Series Exhibition, Noir Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Hive Studio, Capetown, South Africa