Richard Kimathi | Kenya

Richard Kimathi was born in 1971 in Nyeri, Kenya, and he currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. After receiving a diploma at the Nairobi Creative Art Centre and a major in Graphic Art, he chose Fine Art as his career.

In 2000, the recognition of his personal, and Kenyan in general, blossoming contemporary art passed through the selection of Kimathi’s work for a limited-edition postage stamp for the United Nation; he was selected by the New York selection committee for his extraordinary talent.

Richard’s works predominantly focus on humanity at large, rather than on his own self, and they are not influenced by exaggerations and extravagances typical of our mass mediated world at all. He is constantly looking for experimentation and better expression, progressively growing into a technically capable artist, confident in drawing and colour, and profound in expression. In fact, his artworks are permeated with a sense of suffering, portrayed with empathy, dignity, and with an heroic spirit.

Richard Kimathi | Kenya


Selected solo exhibitions:
Wounds, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Bare Knuckle, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

On the outside looking in, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Men and Women, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Little Dresses, One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Richard Kimathi, Gazzambo Gallery, Madrid

Selected group exhibitions:

Washa, Simple Tales in Complex Times, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Pop up Africa, Gallery of African Art, Cork Street, London, UK

Represented Kenya at Dak’Art in Dakar, Senegal


    Bubbles, 2016, Oil on canvas, 158 x 142 cm
    Strangers II, 2016, Oil on canvas, 146 x 114 x 2,5 cm
    Liquids I, 2016, Oil on canvas, 160 x 150 x 2,5 cm

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