Jimmy Kitheka | Kenya

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“I aim to capture small glimpses that people can relate to.
I try to reimagine myself living in that time through my paintings. Some ideas came from the dreams that I have of me experiencing the same adventures they had back in the days”.

Jimmy Kitheka was born in 1993 in Kenya and he currently lives and works in Nairobi.

After high school, he took part in many workshops with internationally renowned artists. For five years he worked together with Patrick Mukabi at his studio, until Jimmy together with some of his colleagues opened his own atelier, The Hive Art Studio.

Jimmy is an impressionistic artist captivated by landscapes and oneiric scenarios; through shadows and blur effects Kitheka evokes a sense of nostalgia. He mostly uses oil paints and chalks pastels to create effects that remind us of the concept of dreams and memories.
Jimmy Kitheka’s works retrace the life of Nairobi in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Jimmy is a young artist with a promising future, strongly building his reputation as the Kenyan Edward Hopper.

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Kitheka’s works were exhibited in a group show at the National Museum of Kenya. Recently, his first solo exhibition was organized by the British Cultural Center Nairobi, also known as the British Institute of East Africa (BIEA). Jimmy has participated in many group exhibitions in Kenya and abroad.

More recently, in 2020, he took part in the group show titled The Sanaa Art Exhibition in Adelaide (Australia) and in the online exhibition Jimmy Kitheka: Unfaded Times II: Buluu (Blue) Shadows Series, organized by AKKA Project, Venice.

Jimmy Kitheka | Kenya

Golden girls, 2020, oil on canvas, 110x100 cm
Nguvu (strenght), 2020, oil on canvas, 100x110 cm
Book of life, 2020, oil on canvas, 114x100 cm

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