Shabu Mwangi | Kenya

“People feel pain when they see my work. It’s about humans and events that happen in the slum. The faces are not scary, but what takes place is scary and I can only embody that through facial expressions.”

Shabu Mwangi was born in 1985 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

He currently lives and works in Mukuru slum where he established the Wajukuu Art Project in 2013 with a deep conviction that his work could highlight the lives of the disadvantaged minorities in his community. 

Deeply concerned by society’s inequality and our lack of empathy for people with different social, political, ethnic and religious beliefs, his work seeks to examine human behavior and our collective amnesia. His inspiration comes from the view that a lot of inequities and frustration deeply affects his society and the actions that are taken especially during highly sensitive political times can give insight to who they are and how they are influenced politically and how they are divided culturally and socially.

In his work, Shabu strives to examine human behavior and interaction with each-other and what really drives us to a point of losing the sense of oneness and reaching a point where more focus is always on our ego. 

Mwangi works have been exhibited all over Africa and Europe and he has participated in various group and solo exhibitions. 

Solo Exhibitions

2021
The Source of Our Seas, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2020
Shabu Mwangi: The Man With Two Shadows, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2017
The Stateless, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya

Group exhibitions

2022
African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy
Circle Art Gallery at Cape Town Art Fair 2022, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2021
East African Encounters, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2020
Various Artists at Circle Art Gallery, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2014
Pop-Up-Africa, Gallery of African Art, Nairobi, Kenya

Selected Works

Highlights

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