Maina Boniface | Kenya

“As for my art, I tend not to make it a conclusion but a conversation whereby, the viewer is open to interpret. This is more so aimed at getting feedback from the viewer is it positive or negative.”

Maina Boniface was born in 1987 in Nanyuki town- Kenya, and currently lives and works in Nairobi. Maina is an inquisitive artist who started as a stretcher-bars maker for artists to support his artistic career. His work, since 2009, has been figurative and has evolved in the quest to tackle various themes: has touched on different themes such as social-political satire, music, conflicts in human behavior, and mental health. He is inspired by human reactions and his daily encounters, which he shows with his surrealist figures, and is currently experimenting with a combination of abstract and surrealism. The figures and forms in his work are distorted, sometimes exaggerated to marry the mood that the work exudes. The curiosity to know and try to comprehend how things and people co-exist brings out a path of discussion between the work and the viewer, thus leaving a sense of the undefined and room for further interpretation. Though a reclusive artist, he works predominantly with acrylics, although he is not shy to explore other mediums to tackle themes of interest and techniques.

In recent years, his work has been featured in magazines, art books, and news articles. His work has been exhibited locally and internationally in places such as Nairobi, Lagos, Dubai, Venice, Paris, Hamburg, Jo’burg, and Denmark and is in private and public art collections. In Nairobi, he is a founding partner of BRUSH TU ART STUDIO/ COLLECTIVE.

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Waiting, Watching and Wishing- Circle Art Agency, Nairobi

2017
Transition, Nairobi Pioneers Gallery

2016
Line of Inquiry, The Art Space. Nairobi

Group  Exhibitions 

2022
African identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Art Dubai 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2021
East African Encounters, Cromwell Place London

WopArt Fair, AKKA Project, Lugano, Switzerland

African Galleries Now, Artsy/Circle Art Gallery (Online)

2020
East Africa Art Auction, Nairobi, Kenya

FNB Art Jo’burg, Circle Art Gallery (Online)

Nairobi Altered States, Artsy / Circle Art Gallery (online)

2019
Objects Space Movement and Facades, One Off Contemporary, Nairobi, Kenya

Anima Mundi {Consciousness}, Venice, Italy

Behind This Face, Gravitart. Nairobi, Kenya

2018
World Art Dubai, AKKA Project, Dubai

Ode To Mankind, ARTYRAMA, Lagos

ART X – Artyrama, Lagos

A Glimpse Of East Africa,  Lagos

2017
East African Art Auction, Nairobi, Kenya

AKAA (Also Known As Africa) , Paris

Jo’burg Art Fair- Johannesburg, South Africa 

Art Transposition- LKB/G- Hamburg, Germany

Young Guns- Circle Art Gallery. Nairobi, Kenya

 2016
Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi Kenya

Kenya Art Fair, Nairobi, Kenya

Danish Embassy Residence, Nairobi, Kenya

Glocal Art Gallery, Denmark

2015
Kenya Art Fair, Nairobi, Kenya

Russian Embassy Residence, Nairobi, Kenya

2014
Nairobi National Museum

Kenya National Theatre,  Nairobi, Kenya (Finding Voice 1, II, III)

Kenya Art Fair,Nairobi, Kenya

2013
UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya

Glocal Art Gallery, Denmark

2012
Nairobi National Museum – Discovered Talents

2010
Alliance Francaise– Nairobi, Kenya (Unveiling Africa)

Italian Institute of Culture – Nairobi, Kenya

Selected Works

Highlights

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