Baraka | Kenya
“As an artist I’m inspired and I learn everyday. My subjects, shapes, lines, colors, tones, and textures are used in various ways to produce sensations of volume, space, movement. The contemporary themes I’m using related to Kenya are not being used by any other artists in my region and offer the viewer a playfulness and level of excitement that’s needed in this pandemic”.
Baraka, stage name for Joseph Baraka Munyao Mutuku, is a contemporary artist born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is a self-taught fine artist and painted professionally for over six years, indeed, he started painting in 2014 experimenting with vibrant colors and a contemporary surrealist style.
His inspiration comes from the human interactions he observes and his art gives us images of a culture he was surrounded by in his youth in Kenya. So, he paints a kind of African lifestyle.
Not only he describes, but he celebrates black images and identities that shape his society, therefore he can be defined as a painter of Modern Kenyan culture.
Baraka brings imaginative interpretations through a certain choice of bright colors, which lets us discover his inner creative thoughts.
The artist performed at the United Nations Kenya, Kenya Museum of art & culture and Pan Africans hotel. Baraka gained the attention of several art collectors both locally and internationally.