Mumbi Muturi | Kenya

“I create portraits that are bold, creative and human.”

Mumbi Muturi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The trajectory behind becoming an established photographer, director and painter was all but orthodox yet led by Mumbi’s drive to master her craft and externalise her passion for telling stories through the lens or paint. 

After self-teaching the fundamentals, Mumbi began considering a career in photography during a camping trip alongside fellow Kenyan photographers, an experience that taught her how to look at her work with a critical, detached eye. From then, she started experimenting with various subjects, one of the results is her personal project: Tarot Imagined series, and focusing on channeling the power of humanity through her images. 

By capturing and manipulating light to her liking, Mumbi is able to extract the essence of her subjects and highlight their soul through a refined use of contrast. 

Her work interrogates the interaction between people and their surroundings, the juxtaposition of humanity and nature. 

Resilience and strength perspire through her images, whether still or moving. The stark use of colour is a metaphor of deep emotion, the state of the human condition. 

Mumbi’s photography and watercolor paintings were selected to be on show at One-Off Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a member of the African Women Photographers organisation and a recipient of the Adobe Stock Development Fund. 

Group Exhibitions

African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Selected Works